Digital media and wellbeing among children and adolescents in Ticino

Corona Immunitas Ticino

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CORONA IMMUNITAS TICINO is a large-scale project conducted between 2020 and 2022 by the Institute of Public Health (USI) and the Department of Business Economics, Health and Social Care (SUPSI), in collaboration with Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale (EOC) and numerous other supporters in Canton Ticino. The project aimed to determine the impact of the Covid-19 virus, its diffusion, and the development of immunity in the population of Canton Ticino. The project comprised approximately 3,000 participants aged 5 years or older, with a special interest in vulnerable populations such as children, adolescents, and older adults. One of the main research questions was to what extent the pandemic had an impact on the mental health of younger age groups, and which role the use of media played. To obtain the necessary data, more than 600 children aged 5 to 13 years and 400 adolescents aged 14 to 19 years received repeated online questionnaires over the course of the pandemic. Corona Immunitas Ticino is part of the national initiative Corona Immunitas, guided by the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+) and funded by the Federal Office of Public Health, various cantons, and numerous companies.

"It was great that I could contribute to this important and topical project about the pandemic during the pandemic. I appreciated the interdisciplinary collaboration both within Ticino, but also across cantons. It was a great learning moment for me."

Anne-Linda Camerini, Responsible of the study population 5 to 19 years

The team Corona Immunitas Ticino includes various collaborators at USI, SUPSI, and EOC. Below are listed the collaborators with a major role in the study population of children and adolescents aged 5 to 19 years

 

Responsible for the study population 5 to 19 years

Anne-Linda Camerini

 

Collaborators (alphabetical order)

Rebecca Amati (project management)

Anna Maria Annoni (communication)

Kleona Bezani (amministration)

Peter Buttaroni (data mangament)

Giovanni Franscella (data collection)

 

Project principal investigators

Emiliano Albanese

Luca Crivelli

 

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  • Publications

    Marciano, L., Albanese, E., Viswanath, K., & Camerini, A. L. (accepted). The protective role of social-oriented digital media use in children’s and adolescents’ life satisfaction during the Covid-19 pandemic: A latent growth curve model. European Journal of Health Communication.

    Peralta GP, Camerini A-L, Haile SR, Kahlert CR, Lorthe E, Marciano L, Nussbaumer A, Radtke T, Ulyte A, Puhan MA and Kriemler S (2022). Lifestyle Behaviours of Children and Adolescents During the First Two Waves of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Switzerland and Their Relation to Well-Being: An Observational StudyInternational Journal of Public Health, 67, 1604978. https://doi.org/10.3389/ijph.2022.1604978

    Camerini, A.-L., Albanese, E., & Marciano, L. (2022). The impact of screen time and green time on mental health in children and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemicComputers in Human Behavior Reports, 7, 100204. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chbr.2022.100204