COVID-19 has led to unprecedented public health measures such as school and university closures across the world. While initial surveys show an increase in anxiety, we have little information on the subjective experience of adolescents and young adults (AYAs). The aims of this study were to understand the lived experience and needs of AYAs related to home confinement and preventive measures due to COVID-19.
Demographics and settings
A total of 25 AYAs (13–24 years old) with diverse gender, age, or health conditions, living in Québec (Canada), were interviewed in May 2020, during the COVID-19 home confinement period.
Four virtual focus groups were held via a virtual video-conferencing platform (Zoom©). Thematic analysis was conducted.
Thematic analysis revealed five main themes: (1) challenges and opportunities related to the experience of home confinement; (2) variable risk perception of COVID-19 infection; (3) development of coping strategies to maintain well-being; (4) need for information and accompaniment; (5) apprehensions related to perceptions of the future.
AYAs did not feel considered in public health decisions, fostering an increase in anxiety, especially in more vulnerable AYAs living with chronic diseases.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : COVID-19, Adolescents, Young adults, Pandemic, Qualitative study, Experience