COVID-19 school closures drastically affected school-aged youth and their parents, with greater challenges among youth with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This brief summarizes results from a recent study examining the risks, protective factors, and family processes that shaped well-being among adolescents during COVID-19-related school closures. Findings show that adolescents with ADHD were more likely to experience negative consequences from school closures, including difficulty adjusting to online learning, reduced socialization, and increased mental distress. However, youth and families also experienced some benefits, including increased family reconnection and reduced school-related anxiety.
ADHD, COVID19, Mental Health
Child Psychology | Family, Life Course, and Society | Social Psychology and Interaction | Sociology
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This work was funded by a Lerner Center Faculty Fellow grant. Special thanks to Zoe Tkaczyk, Alexandra Punch, and Shannon Monnat for edits to this brief.
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Jhawar, Nandini; Schiros, Ashley; London, Andrew S.; and Antshel, Kevin, "How Did COVID-19 School Closures Affect Adolescents with ADHD?" (2023). Population Health Research Brief Series. 204.
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