As we surpass a year of the pandemic, many people have experienced financial instability, deaths of loved ones, illness, and a disconnect from family and friends. Adolescents are no exception to stressors caused by the pandemic. A new study found that youth could be the most susceptible to long-term trauma as a result of the pandemic. According to the study, a person who experiences dysfunction in early adolescence is 43% more likely to experience problems in adulthood than someone who has not.
“That means, developmentally, that middle and early high school students during the pandemic could be experiencing family disruption just as they need to be secure enough to become more independent, and social isolation at the most important time to develop a social identity. Remote learning and counseling environments also can make it more difficult for adults to recognize students’ emotions and tell the difference between boredom and disconnection because of trauma.” Sarah Sparks for EducationWeek
Read more from the study here.
The Association for Middle Level Education suggests that educators can help students reframe their stress by reflecting on how their families have overcome challenges during the pandemic. The group also suggested educators “focus their classes on common goals and connections, and help students recognize growing competency, such as becoming more adept at navigating remote learning platforms or organizing their work spaces.”
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