The kids are alright: adolescents’ experiences during COVID-19 disruption

Irene Lopatovska, Radhika Garg, Olivia Turpin, Ji Hee Yoon, Laura Vroom, Diedre Brown

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Abstract

Purpose: This study aimed to understand adolescents’ experiences, negative feelings and coping mechanisms associated with the major disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this study was to develop a baseline for understanding adolescents and their environment to assist future developments of technological and other solutions to mitigate adolescents’ loneliness, improve their wellbeing and strengthen their resilience. Design/methodology/approach: The data about adolescents’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic was collected through virtual interviews conducted via Zoom. A total of 39 adolescents (aged 12 through 18 years) primarily from the North East of the USA participated in the study. The transcripts of the interviews were analyzed using thematic analysis. Findings: This study found evidence of negative disruptions to adolescents’ social, learning and emotional routines. This study also found that in dealing with the effects of COVID-19 disruption, most of the participants exhibited five key attributes of individual resilience, including social competence, problem-solving, critical consciousness, autonomy and a sense of purpose. External factors supporting resilience were also mentioned, including technology resources, family, school and broader community. Originality/value: This study relied on first-hand adolescents’ reports of their experiences, feelings and coping strategies during the pandemic. This study applied a resilience framework to interpret the findings and translate them into recommendations for further development of support systems for adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInformation and Learning Science
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Coping strategies
  • COVID-19
  • Interviews
  • Loneliness
  • Resilience
  • Technology
  • Wellbeing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences

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