Bored, anxious and discouraged. The effects of Covid on young people and university students. The Ires-Spi Cgil-Udu-Student Network survey. But young people remain “curious” about the future
Not just anxious, but boring. This is what students think about their experience Sheep. That he had a single advantage was immediately clear to everyone teenagers: The grades during the distance lessons were much higher than usual, and above all, copying was a piece of cake. After all, boredom and anxiety, actual mistrust and a sense of loneliness.
Now that the first school year ofit was post-covid – not a “normal” year, but a year in the presence of masks and everything else – “Ask me how I feel”, promoted by the Student Network, Udu and the pensioners’ association Spi-Cgil and performed by IRES Emilia-Romagna, makes status over the effects of two years of closed schools. And that confirms what has already emerged in recent months: The two years of isolation, despite the lessons learned via video, were also an emotional stone in their lives. The purpose of the recently published study is not examine the results of the polls and students’ school preparation: For them, it will be necessary to wait until July with the release of the Invalsi survey data. But it is to examine what the effects have been on the lives, well-being and mental health of young people and university students. These are effects that the Covid era has left behind and that will remain for a long time, especially for the most fragile: to put it with the experts from the British CTS, who had calculated the young people’s recovery time, they could last up to five years. . A type of lang Covid emotionally charged therefore, that will accompany the students for a while.
Locked inside the room
It’s now a matter of regaining optimism and vision for the future, leaving boredom (for three out of four students the biggest criticism), the fatigue of spending many hours in front of the screen (69 percent), demotivation (67.9) anxiety (58.6 ) and loneliness (57). Negative emotions that outweighed the benefits to the students, who instead appreciated the greater availability of time (51 percent) and the greater ease of checks and exams (50.2). Overall, students give “a skeptical opinion” about father (two out of three, 65.2 percent). Only 34.8 of the students are considered by the study’s authors to be “enthusiastic” about teaching from home. However, it is interesting to note that in the future, only 40 percent of the interviewed young people who want education as before will be fully present. 55.4 percent of respondents would like some digital activity.
The inconveniences for the most fragile
But i study of Ires, which is based on over 30,000 questionnaires, there is also data that clearly outlines a number of more fragile students who have suffered a lot and who risk carrying the signs even as an adult. They were so bad that they thought about dropping out of school: Every fourth student (26.4%) at least thought about it during the two years with Covid and lockdown against 7.2 percent who thought so even before the pandemic. This is what experts call the “emotional fragility” of the generation of students: It’s not just the change in habits that could have basically been expected – more use of social networks and modification of the sleep rhythm – and that it will be interesting to understand whether they then returned to the frontiers before Covid. More than one in four students has experienced eating disorders (28 percent): 16 of the cases began during the isolation period. 14.5 percent of the young people were victims of self-harm, ten percent used drugs and 12 percent alcohol. All signs that were clear a year ago, and which have led to the inclusion of funds for psychological support of classes in the various Covid decrees: For 2022, there are 20 million, about 2500 euros per. grade. With this money, principals can turn to specialists who serve at the school once or twice a week.
Longing for normality
It remains to ask where we are now, after a year of “normality”: According to the survey, young people now feel curious about the future (81.6 per cent), but also very insecure (75.3) and scared (72, 6). A positive fact for high school students is that in any case, the index of optimism exceeds that of concern. Finally, there is an interesting element to point out in the study, and it is about the perception of the world that children have: they think that adults consider them irresponsible, not very determined, but carefree. This is not how they feel, as we have seen. And some adults, their parents, but not only, think they are unhappy and not sincere. Another interesting point to start thinking about
28 May 2022 (change 28 May 2022 | 22:37)
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