43% of young adolescents have experienced violence at home. At least 28% believe that the pandemic has brought back aggression. Mexican Population Council and other institutions.
Mexico City (apro).- The most alarming consequence of the covid-19 pandemic is the substantial increase in drug and other substance abuse.
The Mexican Population Commission conducted a joint study with other agencies to determine that the number of young people using opioids increased by 18% and marijuana use increased by 21%.
Both groups also saw an increase of 14% in alcohol consumption.
In announcing the results of the study, Isabel Vieitez, formerly of Hugo López-Gatell, Director of the Office of the Mexican Population Commission and Deputy Minister of Prevention and Health Promotion, added that the epidemic has had a huge impact on Mexican adolescents and young people. Particularly in the areas education, violence, and mental health.
The report revealed that 72% of the 10 young adolescents and adults showed symptoms of depression, while 62% had anxiety.
43% of teenagers and young adults have experienced violence at their homes, regardless of whether it was physical, sexual, or psychological. At least 28% feel that aggression has resurfaced during the pandemic.
It was also revealed that the most affected were women and non-binary people.
Vieitez stated that young people feel that violence is worsening during a pandemic. This is true for Afro-Mexican and indigenous populations as well as people of lower socioeconomic status.
This online study was conducted on 55,000 teens and young people between 15 and 17. The results showed that at most 19% of respondents had experienced some form of sexual violence. 3.7% thought that it was related to assault and harassment. The frequency of the relevant behavior.
While most teenagers and young adults were in school at the time, 42% of respondents said that they had to leave school because of the pandemic.
Vieitez said that the Voces-19 Study was born out of the need to produce evidence based upon longitudinal studies. This information is used to inform those in charge of public policy and to design and implement response strategies for this population. . After the covid-19 crisis.