COVID-19 pandemic impact on emotional aspects of high school students
(1) Oak Ridge High School, El Dorado Hills, California, (2) Parent
The COVID-19 pandemic beginning in late 2019 resulted in several effects on people’s lifestyles. One of the key affected areas was the academic sector, especially since schools had to be closed to protect students from contracting the disease. The fundamental purpose of this study was to assess the impact of shutting down schools on the emotional aspects of high school students. To measure this impact, we conducted an online survey. We found that factors such as lack of face-to-face interaction due to remote learning, e-learning challenges including inconsistent network connectivity, and uncertainties experienced during the pandemic had adverse effects on high school students’ emotions. The emotions commonly identified in this group were fear and anxiety. Analyzing the patterns and problems that occurred during this unprecedented time, will allow for more focused improvements toward emotional health for teens in the future.
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