Two out of five students Residents of the leather district in their teens believe that the Covid-19 pandemic has negatively affected their personality and psychophysical balance. The data comes from a Research a test carried out by the education agency Forium of Santa Croce sull’Arno in the municipalities of Lower Valdarno in Pisa with financial support from the Erasmus + program in the European Union, as part of the continental project ‘Well Be’ (code 2020-1- UK01 -KA201-079148), in which it participates as the only Italian partner. Forium has recently collected the data it has processed after a year of work, in preparation for ‘Well Be’ to, on the one hand, prepare a manual so that we can have appropriate, reliable and effective tools in colleges for measurement of the impact of crisis stress on students’ current mental state, on the other hand a guide for teachers to work with high school students directly affected by the COVID-19 crisis, thanks to the online publication of an archive of documents designed to support young people mental well-being and to maintain a positive atmosphere in the classroom.
When it comes to the data, the research conducted in the leather district shows how 41.5% of students defined the impact of the pandemic context from negative to very negative; on the other hand, however, 50.34% of students rate their health as really good or excellent. The percentages are based on a random sample of 272 people living in the area: Especially with different targets, 147 students (aged 14-19), 55 parents and 70 teachers were involved, who filled out online questionnaires in the period between May and June last year. . It is a predominantly female sample: 66% among students, 84.3% among teachers (in an interval between 26 and 63 years) and 69.1% among parents (age 39-65 years). Researchers have focused on a few factors (markers) especially based on the students: the average impact of the pandemic on the family, the impact on the physical condition and the impact on the mental; then they asked the subjects involved to assess the level of stress they were exposed to and whether it was due to restrictions or lifestyle changes (external pressure and relationships with adults). Students were also asked what strategies they implemented and whether they were active (eg pursuing hobbies) or passive (see series as needed, chat with friends). Or if they have used their personal resources, organized their lives in a different way, with positivity and flexibility; or whether they have also asked for outside help, be it from parents or professionals.
“I want to define the new image in chiaroscuro – comments the chairman of Forium Francesca Ciampalini, who follows the project personally assisted by Tiziana Reali and Lucia Guarini – because Covid has obviously had an undeniable influence on everyone, therefore also on those who go to school, he works there or has his own children in it.Some categories have a little harder, others have found unexpected resources even to improve their scholastic performance and increase their psychophysical well-being. conclusions, the research shows that 14-15-year-old students rated their psychophysical well-being better than 18-19-year-old colleagues. For both students and parents, it is experienced to cultivate hobbies and interests, to apply positivity and flexibility, all as values associated with well-being: a different discourse to turn to external help, a practice that is negatively correlated with the mentioned well-being. over. In addition, research shows that the pandemic has had a greater impact on the physical component than on the mental.
“The students – stresses Ciampalini – stressed that the pandemic was obviously negative, but being with the family and having free time helped them. In all this, the context makes the difference: only if these young people have sufficient social skills can they express themselves, help and help each other, solve problems, give opinions.During the pandemic, many teens in our area have used strategies such as chatting with friends, surfing the Internet or social networks, watching series or movies on specialized sites.A quick way to “dribble” stress, even if it is not permanent.For parents and teachers, the results are different: they assess the impact of the pandemic in a more negative way, especially in the emotional, behavioral and cognitive changes related to stress and limitations.The worst consequences of distance learning are on the on the other hand, isolation and monotony. ” Now, Forium will transform this collected data into actions to realize the two previously described project outputs. The same work was also carried out in other European countries by the partners in ‘Well Be’: The Mighty Creatives in Leicester (UK), National Management School in Sofia (Bulgaria) and M&M Profuture Training SL in Barcelona (Spain). They will all meet in September in Santa Croce sull’Arno for an operational meeting with a view to closing the project, which is scheduled for October this year.