*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on HealthDay.
There were academic, social, and emotional consequences for U.S. high school students who attended classes remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research shows.
The study included more than 6,500 students in Orange County Public Schools in Florida, who were surveyed in October 2020, when two-thirds were attending school remotely and one-third were attending in person.
On a 100-point scale, in-person students scored higher than remote students on social well-being (77.2 versus 74.8), emotional well-being (57.4 versus 55.7), and academic well-being (78.4 versus 77.3).
This “thriving gap” was consistent across gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, according to the study published online in the journal Educational Researcher.
“Notably, the thriving gap was larger among students in 10th through 12th grades than it was among ninth-graders,” study co-author Laurence Steinberg, a professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, said in a journal news release.
While the differences between the two groups of students aren’t large, even small effects are significant when they impact millions of people, the researchers explained.
“Many news stories have reported on individual stories of teenagers who have suffered from anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges during the pandemic,” said study author Angela Duckworth, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the founder and CEO of Character Lab.
“This study gives some of the first empirical evidence of how learning remotely has affected adolescent well-being,” Duckworth added.