Children are not indifferent to mental health issues in response to COVID-19 and experienced surge of challenges. Therefore, in the current study children of 8 to 16 years were recruited to investigate the challenges and its impact on children mental health during all three phases of COVID-19. The Colaizzi’s phenomenological method for qualitative analysis was used to investigate the student’s response. The reactions of students were summarized into three themes and sixteen sub-themes considering all three phases of COVID-19. The three major themes are religious concerns, mental health issues, and academic concerns. The findings have been discussed in terms of counselling for mental health issues and devising online education policy to meet children needs and carter their fears.


phases of COVID-19, mental health issues, Colaizzi’s phenomenological method, school children, Pakistan

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Sana Rehman is a Lecturer at GIFT University Gujranwala, Pakistan. Please direct correspondence to sanarehmanpk@gmail.com.


Author would like to thank to GIFT University for collaborating together in clinical psychology research to carry out the study.

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