International Neuropsychiatric Disease Journal 2020-10-30T01:53:53+00:00 International Neuropsychiatric Disease Journal Open Journal Systems <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>International Neuropsychiatric Disease Journal (ISSN:&nbsp;2321-7235) </strong>aims to publish high quality papers (<a href="/index.php/INDJ/general-guideline-for-authors">Click here for Types of paper</a>) in all areas of ‘Neuropsychiatric Disease related research’.&nbsp;The journal also encourages the submission of useful reports of negative results. This is a quality controlled,&nbsp;OPEN&nbsp;peer reviewed, open access INTERNATIONAL journal.</p> COVID-19: Mental and Social Health-Related Complaints among Children and Adolescents in Nigeria: Parents’/Caregivers’ Perception – An Online Survey 2020-10-30T01:53:53+00:00 Datonye Christopher Briggs Kattey Amos Kattey <p><strong>Aim: </strong>This survey aimed to highlight the mental and social health-related complaints of children and adolescents during the lockdown in Nigeria.</p> <p><strong>Study Design:</strong> Descriptive cross-sectional.</p> <p><strong>Place and Duration of Study:</strong> Respondents from all six geopolitical zones in Nigeria, from May 9 to June 8, 2020.Nigeria.</p> <p><strong>Methodology:</strong> A snowball sampling technique was used to recruit 260 respondents, consisting of parents/caregivers of children 18 years and below from states affected by the lockdown. An online self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data. Logistic regression analysis was done on mental health-related complaints (dependent variables), with participation in the radio/TV sessions, presence of computer at home, access to the internet, and income-level of parents as independent variables. Adjusted odds ratios with 95% confidence intervals were calculated.</p> <p><strong>Results:</strong> The median age of respondents was 38 years (with an interquartile range of 9); 155 (59.7%) were females, 239 (91.9%) married, 167 (64.2%) had tertiary education, 83 (31.9%) were low-income earners, 202 (77.7%) had computer devices at home, 243 (93.5%) had internet access at home. Logistic regression revealed that children who participated in the radio/TV sessions were more likely to complain of being bored; and children without internet access at home were more likely to complain of being unhappy, express anxiety/fear and show signs of stress. However, 113 (43.4%) agreed their children learnt a new skill, and 159 (61.1%) agreed there was increased family bonding during the COVID-19 lockdown.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion:</strong> The pandemic threatens the mental and social wellbeing of Nigerian children. Policymakers must put in place measures that address factors which increase the likelihood of mental and social health-related complaints among children by improving access to the internet, subsidizing costs and developing child-focused mental health services with new strategies to reach those already affected.</p> 2020-10-21T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##