Anxiety in young adults in the summer of 2020 in Québec: links with certain factors measured before and during the COVID-19 pandemic

    A portrait of anxiety among young Quebecers aged about 22 years and associated factors based on data from the Québec Longitudinal Study of Child Development (QLSCD). The data were collected in 2018 and in the summer of 2020, shortly after the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The analysis has led to the following findings:

    • In the summer of 2020, 15% of young adults had moderate or severe generalized anxiety symptoms. This proportion is similar to what was observed in 2018.
    • Just over 80% of young adults felt the same level of anxiety in the summer of 2020 as in 2018. However, 9% of them felt more anxiety, while another 9% felt less.
    • The likelihood of young adults being anxious in the summer of 2020 was higher if, at the same time, they felt lonely, had a job, or were concerned about their job prospects.
    • Anxiety in the summer of 2020 was also associated with factors that were present before the pandemic. However, these factors are not the same for young men as for young women.
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