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Survey: Pandemic Caused Teens to Experience ‘Collective Trauma’ [downloadable]

More than three-fourths of 13- to 19-year-olds have been showing up for online classes at least four days a week, but they’re generally spending less time on learning than if they were in school, according to the results of a nationally representative survey of 3,300 high school students. The results were released Friday by America’s Promise Alliance and its research institute, the Center for Promise at Boston University.

About a quarter of students responded they feel “not connected at all” to their school community, to adults at their school or to their classmates. And Asian students were the most likely to respond their “emotional and cognitive health” has worsened during the pandemic.

Sixty percent of respondents said an adult at their school has offered social or emotional support during this time, while the rest said such services had not been offered. “These survey findings, in the context of current events, show that young people are experiencing collective trauma fueled by changes in their immediate circumstances combined with ongoing uncertainty,” wrote the authors of the survey report.

The results show additional differences between groups of students. For example, youth whose parents were born outside of the U.S. expressed poorer emotional and cognitive health than those with parents born in the U.S. And those living in urban areas were 15% more likely than those in rural communities to report poor health indicators. “These findings may reflect the greater risks COVID-19 presents for some racial groups and in more densely populated places,” the authors wrote.

Excerpted from “Survey: Pandemic Caused Teens to Experience ‘Collective Trauma’” in Education DIVE. Read the full article. Download a PDF of the report, The State of Young People During COVID-19 from America’s Promise Alliance.

Source: Education DIVE | Survey: Pandemic Caused Teens to Experience ‘Collective Trauma’ , https://www.educationdive.com/news/survey-pandemic-has-caused-teens-to-experience-collective-trauma/579662 | © 2020 Industry Dive
The Center for Promise, in collaboration with Boston University School of Education, is the first-ever research center for America’s Promise Alliance. The mission of the Center is to develop a deep knowledge and understanding about what is needed to help create the conditions so that all young people in America have the opportunity to succeed in school and life.

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