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Rogers Co-Authors Publication on Adolescent Mental Health During COVID


Ethan Rogers, interim research and operations manager, co-authored a study examining the mental health conditions of adolescents before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. The researchers analyzed survey responses from 3,085 fifth and sixth-grade students from 20 schools across a Midwestern county, collected in Fall 2019 and 2020, to assess levels of depression, anxiety, and resilience factors. The study found that anxiety levels and family engagement were higher in 2020 compared to 2019, while depression levels remained consistent. Furthermore, the researchers discovered that positive future orientations, family engagement, and supportive nonparental adult relationships had compensatory and protective effects on adolescent mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full paper here.