(Central Square) – When schools switched to distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, the first victims were children’s mental health.
As new read analyzed the mental health of adolescents from January 2021 to June 2021 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Compared to 2019, the study showed that the share of emergency department visits in 2020 among children increased by about 31%. 12-17 years old.
Overall, 37.1% of students experienced poor mental health during the pandemic period and 31.1% during the previous 30 days. In the 12 months prior to the survey, 44.2% experienced a constant feeling of sadness or despair, 19.9% had a serious suicidal ideation, and 9.0% had a suicidal ideation.
The researchers noted that an increase in “connection” in school could reduce drug use among students.
“The prevalence of poor mental health and suicide was high among students of all genders, sexual identities, and racial and ethnic groups; However, poor mental health, constant feelings of sadness or despair, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors are less common among those who felt close to others at school and were virtually in contact with others during a pandemic, ”the study said.
Students who felt at school with people close to them significantly reduced the prevalence of poor mental health during the pandemic period compared to those who did not (28.4% compared to 45.2%).
Data using a 110-item 110 questionnaire from 7,705 students surveyed on high school behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic from January to June 2021 in 128 schools, including sudden injury, violence, tobacco use, sexual behavior, and dietary behavior. was collected.
Among the upper grade students surveyed, 26.7% were in 9th grade, 25.5% in 10th grade, 24.3% in 11th grade and 23.6% in 12th grade.
The study said that nearly one in three students who have ever consumed alcohol or other drugs reported using these substances more during a pandemic.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many children experienced factors that could increase the risk of drug use, including social exclusion; heartburn; stress and fear of COVID-19; grief; housing and food security; and disruption of medical, mental and social health services.
Senior students reported using drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic, the most common of which are electronic vapor products (EVP), alcohol, and marijuana.
From January 2021 to June 2021, 31.6% of upper grade students reported the current use of any tobacco, alcohol or marijuana product or current opioid abuse. Current alcohol consumption (19.5%), EVP use (15.4%) and marijuana use (12.8%) among upper grade students were higher than opioid abuse (4.3%), current smoking (3.3%). %), smoking (2,3) is more common. %) and tobacco use (1.9%).
The nationwide assessment for 2021 shows student grades suffered during distance learning and COVID-19.
McKinsey & Company report found that the loss of pandemic studies included more than academic studies.
“They are at risk of graduating from school without the skills, behavior and thinking to succeed in college or the workforce,” the analysis said.
The report assumes that “[S]Students can earn as little as $ 49,000 to $ 61,000 over their lifetime, due to the impact of the pandemic on their education. The impact on the U.S. economy can range from $ 128 billion to $ 188 billion annually as the group enters the workforce.