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Gaceta Sanitaria

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TISCAR-GONZALEZ, Verónica et al. Perceptions and experiences of 7-8 year old schoolchildren in the Basque Country during the COVID-19 health alert. Gac Sanit [online]. 2022, vol.36, n.1, pp.19-24.  Epub Apr 11, 2022. ISSN 0213-9111.


To explore the experiences of schoolchildren in an exceptional health alert situation in which strict confinement measures have been applied to the population.


Qualitative exploratory study through the analysis of illustrations carried out by schoolchildren aged 7 to 8. The analysis was carried out according to Rose's theoretical framework. Descriptive analysis of socio-demographic data was performed.


Five categories emerged from the analysis of the content: 1) feelings of sadness and fear; 2) importance of the family nucleus, safety and protection; 3) sedentary living habits during confinement; 4) housing infrastructure and social inequalities (life through a window); and 5) social response, collective struggle and through health professionals.


The COVID-19 pandemic situation and the strict confinement measures have had a significant impact on the school population, who had experienced the greatest restrictions. Household infrastructure has been shown to be a clear differentiator that deepens social inequalities and the impact that the situation has on school children. More studies are needed on the long-term psychosocial impact of this situation on their physical and mental health.

Keywords : Qualitative research; Drawings; Child health; Pandemic; COVID-19.

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