School Closures and Social Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic

J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2021 Jan;60(1):6-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2020.08.436. Epub 2020 Sep 2.


In their recent systematic review, Loades et al.1 reported on the effects that social isolation and loneliness may have on children and adolescents during the global 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, with their findings suggesting associations between social anxiety and loneliness/social isolation. While this is undoubtedly true for many children and adolescents, it is also worth commenting on the subset of children and youths with social phobia for whom a temporary lessening of distress may be observed while schools are closed owing to a lack of exposure to anxiety-provoking situations in the school environment.

Publication types

  • Letter
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Anxiety
  • COVID-19*
  • Child
  • Coronavirus*
  • Humans
  • Loneliness
  • Mental Health
  • Pandemics
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Schools
  • Social Isolation