How children and adolescents are suffering from the pandemic

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How children and adolescents are suffering from the pandemic

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53 percent of primary school pupils almost without contact with teachers – COVID KIDS study by the Universities of Tübingen and Luxembourg

Since the pandemic, children and adolescents in Germany have been significantly worse. Pre-pandemic spending more than 95 percent respondents from Germany, satisfied with their life or very satisfied only 53 years of time during the pandemic. Percent. This is shown by the international study COVID KIDS, conducted by researchers from the Universities of Tübingen and Luxembourg. A particularly worrying result is that more than half of the respondents German primary school children during school closures before the summer holidays almost never had any contact with their teachers.

Professor Sascha Neumann from the Institute for Educational Science of the University of Tübingen and Claudine Kirsch and Pascale Engel de Abreu from the University of Luxembourg surveyed online in the spring more than 3,000 children and adolescents on their experiences in the Corona period. The respondents came from Brazil, Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland and were between the ages of 6 and 16. More than 1,700 children and adolescents filled questionnaire in Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland. “It was for us important to let the children have their say,” says childhood researcher Neumann.

The study found that children’s life satisfaction and adolescents declined significantly during the pandemic, the most notably in Brazil. In Germany, too, the decline was more pronounced than in Luxembourg, for example, and Switzerland. In all countries, there were friends and persons from the family environment, which the respondents lacked the most. In view of the a sharp reduction in life satisfaction by 42 percentage points in Germany the researchers were concerned. “Even compared to previous representative surveys, this is a huge decline. As a rule, very high levels of life satisfaction in children and adolescents,” says Neumann.

More than half of primary school children have almost no direct Contact with teachers

Also with the school and the extent to which the Since the beginning of the pandemic, children and adolescents have been less likely to be satisfied: Among those surveyed in Germany before Corona, 90 percent, were satisfied with the school or very satisfied for the time since the beginning of the crisis, this has only been a little more than 50 percent. In Switzerland, the satisfaction rate was more than 70 percent significantly higher.

Worryingly, the researchers said that 53 percentage of primary school children surveyed in Germany reported that during the period almost never had any contact with their teachers. In In Switzerland, the figure for primary school pupils is only around 18 Percent. Respondents from secondary schools in Germany also more than 22 percent, almost never in direct contact with teachers to have been. “The task of how teachers maintain contact, will have to face up to the schools returning to the and also quarantined students” says Neumann.

Even in the pandemic, not all young people are Equal

The study shows further differences in subjective Well-being: Girls were more likely to report having their lives since the pandemic to be dissatisfied as boys. They also expressed more frequent concerns or negative feelings such as sadness or loneliness. A similar pattern emerges comparing children with more educational and less educational Family background: The latter report more often on concerns and negative feelings as well as a generally lower life satisfaction.

The online survey took place from May to July 2020. Besides life satisfaction and experiences with “homeschooling” researchers are also looking for changes in everyday life as well as the feelings and Concerns of young people in the Corona era. The study was based on concept of subjective well-being. The participation was called upon via social media as well as daily newspapers. For around two thirds of respondents from In Germany, the schools were still closed when they took part.

What is the subjective well-being during the Pandemic together?

The team investigated several potential factors that could lead to affect well-being. It turned out that children and adolescents who Anxiety is more likely to become ill because of corona, worry or develop negative emotions. Especially among respondents in Germany, it emerged that children and young people who have their own freedom experience as satisfactory during the pandemic, even with their lives are more satisfied overall. In addition, children who feel positive how adults listen to them, overall safer and also more confident about their own health. “It is not a single factor that explains the differences in subjective well-being,” says Neumann. “However, it is important that in our study we also due to the behaviour of parents or teachers. influenceable.” The results can make an important contribution to: appropriate to deal with the situation of children and adolescents.

2020-11-26 | Press release Eberhard Karls University Tübingen

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