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Research suggests sleep and family togetherness could have reduced depression and loneliness compared to 2018, but mental health is still a challenge for nation’s teens.
"Teens appear to have have fared better in overall mental health than adults during the COVID-19 pandemic — despite fears that a generation of adolescents already battling higher-than-normal levels of depression and loneliness would suffer more because of quarantine, enforced online classes, separation from friends and related challenges.
That’s according to a report released Tuesday morning by Brigham Young University’s Wheatley Institution and the Institute for Family Studies. In “Teens in Quarantine: Mental Health, Screen Time and Family Connection,” researchers compared findings from the 2018 “Monitoring the Future” survey of eighth, 10th and 12th graders with a comparable group of 1,523 teens surveyed mid-pandemic, expecting to find elevated mental distress.
Instead, the study led by San Diego State University psychologist Jean Twenge, author of “iGen,” and BYU professor Sarah Coyne found that depression and loneliness had decreased somewhat during the coronavirus quarantine, compared to levels in pre-pandemic 2018. Unhappiness and dissatisfaction with life rose slightly."