Children are more lonely, tired and stressed as a result of the coronavirus lockdown, according to a survey.
The study from the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow found the number of young people feeling lonely was three times higher during lockdown compared to pre-lockdown levels.
A total of 28% felt lonely most or all of the time during lockdown, compared to 9% before.
Schoolwork added to increased stress levels, with 62% saying they felt some or a lot of stress about this, compared with 38% who felt little or no stress.
More than half (55%) are stressed about coronavirus some or most of the time.
Lockdown has also hit sleep, with 69% saying they were going to bed later during lockdown.
A total of 39% said their sleep was worse during lockdown, while 20% said it was better and 35% said it was the same.
The universities surveyed 5,548 young people aged from 12 to 17 years.
Research was conducted from May to July.
The results are part of a TeenCovidLife survey looking at how young people have been affected by changes due to lockdown.
The findings will be made available online to all schools.
A planned second survey will investigate young people’s views about how their academic performance was assessed this year.
Professor David Porteous, lead investigator for TeenCovidLife and Generation Scotland at the University of Edinburgh, said he hoped the findings will help young people readjust to the new school year and to life after school.
Dawn Haughton, schools research network manager at the University of Glasgow’s Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network, said: “Teachers and schools across Scotland have done an incredible job to keep their communities connected through these difficult times.”
She said her team was “delighted” to help young people’s voices be heard during the pandemic, adding: “The young people have identified their concerns, enabling the schools to address these areas in a more targeted way.”