The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted young learners' daily routines, learning environments, and home life stability, severely impacting their well-being. Children's issues with mental health, such as anxiety, stress, and depression, significantly impact their ability and interest to achieve in school settings. Additionally, the pandemic affected parents, caregivers, and educators, which had repercussions on their children and students. The authors conducted a literature review, identifying 26 articles that reported on young children's mental health and well-being with a particular interest in the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and identified gifted children. This review illuminated some main themes: young children have mental health issues; parents, caregivers, and the environment impact the well-being of young children; mental health services are not readily available to support families and their young children; COVID-19 adversely impacted students, caregivers, and teachers; and strategies exist to better understand and support young children, their families, caregivers, and teachers. Therefore, it is essential to understand the impacts on young children's mental health and how to best support them during these unprecedented times.
Dott, P. C., Cho, E. H., & Hertzog, N. B. (2022). Addressing the Well-Being of Young Children. SENG Journal: Exploring the Psychology of Giftedness, 1(2). https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.25774/em5m-8e19