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The Kids Are Not Alright

​​​​​​​​​April 4, 2022

​​​A collabora​tive effort between researchers at the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Health Sciences has produced the first national study in Lebanon of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. Recently published by Springer, the study is a detailed and comprehensive analysis of over 1500 young people, from all 26 districts of Lebanon, across economic brackets. A second study was conducted after the Beirut Port explosion of 2020.
The results are worrisome, with 33% of young people having clinically significant signs of having at least one psychiatric disorder.  And for those exposed in some way to the explosion in 2020, the situation has gotten considerably worse. The aim is to use this data to assess the service needs of this population and identify high-risk groups to be prioritized for interventions.
Check some of the most interesting findings below and view the whole PALS study online: https:​//

PALS authors: Fadi T. Maalouf, Loay Alrojolah, Leyla Akoury-Dirani, Marc Barakat, David Brent, Martine Elbejjani, Wael Shamseddeen, Lilian A. Ghandour

​BEPI authors: Fadi T. Maalouf, Riwa Haidar, Fatima Mansour, Martine Elbejjani, Joseph El Khoury, Brigitte Khoury, Lilian A. Ghandour

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