Distance learning is detrimental to children’s mental health

When schools switched to distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, the first victim was the children’s mental health.

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed adolescent mental health from January 2021 to June 2021. Compared to 2019, the study found that the proportion of emergency department visits related to mental health increased by about 31 people in 2020. percent among children 12-17 years of age.

Overall, 37.1 percent of students experienced a mental health condition during the pandemic and 31.1 percent during the previous 30 days. In the 12 months prior to the survey, 44.2 percent experienced constant feelings of sadness or despair, 19.9 percent had serious suicide attempts, and 9.0 percent had attempted suicide.

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 home with people close to them observed a lower prevalence of mental health during the pandemic period than those who did not (28.4 percent compared to 45.2 percent).

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 percent were in 9th grade, 25.5 percent in 10th grade, 24.3 percent in 11th grade, and 23.6 percent 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 were exposed to 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 percent of high school students reported the current use of any tobacco, alcohol, or marijuana product or current use of prescription opioids. Current alcohol consumption (19.5 percent), EVP use (15.4 percent), and marijuana use (12.8 percent) among upper-class students were higher than opioid abuse (4.3 percent), and current smoking (3.3 percent). percent), smoking (2.3 percent) is more prevalent. percent), tobacco use (1.9 percent).

A nationwide assessment for 2021 shows that students ’grades will suffer during distance learning and COVID-19.

A McKinsey & Company report showed that the loss of pandemic training does not only include academic training.

“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.

Scott McClellen

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