April 12, 2023 | Defo News

COVID-19 and Depression


The new issue (No. 1/2023) of Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand, the popular science newsletter with latest research results from demography, has been released.

The Newsletter is available in German only.

"Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand" is a joint publication of the Max Planck Institute for demographic Research (MPIDR), the Rostocker Zentrum zur Erforschung des Demografischen Wandels (RZ), the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID), the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital and the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB).

The topics of the new issue are:

1. Uncertainty and Family Planning

(Rostock Center for the Study of Demographic Change)

Have a child now, or wait until later? Would it be better to wait until you are secure in your job before deciding to have a child? A study has now investigated whether and how uncertainty affects the decision to have a child.

2. Long-term Consequences of School Closures

(Vienna Institute of Demography)

In very many low- and middle-income countries, schools were closed for long periods during the COVID-19 pandemic. A new study shows that school closures have a devastating impact on educational outcomes, and do so over the long term, well into adulthood.

3. COVID-19 and Depression

(Federal Institute for Population Research)

With the onset of the pandemic and the associated school closures and lockdowns, many medical professionals predicted an increase in depression among children and adolescents. A systematic analysis of a large number of individual studies shows the extent of the problem.

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