‘Increased mental health difficulties in vulnerable children during lockdown’- In Conversation with Dolapo Adegboye

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The third in our JCPP Advances podcast series that focus on the papers and editors featured in the publication is with Dolapo Adegboye, research associate in the Neurodevelopment Assessment Unit (NDAU) at Cardiff University.

Dolapo discusses her paper ‘Understanding why the COVID‐19 pandemic‐related lockdown increases mental health difficulties in vulnerable young children’, including details of the methodology, results and implications of findings. As well, she highlights risk of further deterioration for vulnerable young people, if support systems aren’t put in place in a timely manner.

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Dolapo is a research associate in the Neurodevelopment Assessment Unit (NDAU) at Cardiff University. At the NDAU, they conduct in-depth assessments of young children who have been identified as ‘at-risk’ for emotional and behavioural difficulties, by teachers and professionals involved in the child’s support system at school. Her research is centred on the complexities of the emotional development of children displaying early signs of neurodevelopmental problems. Dolapo is also interested in statistical techniques grounded in dynamic methods for assessing children’s self-regulation and co-regulation that takes place between children and their parents. Currently, she is leading a COVID-19 study assessing the psychosocial effects of the pandemic, focusing on mental health and wellbeing, and the socioeconomic impact of the pandemic on vulnerable children and families.



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