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The COVID-19 pandemic has served as a time of uncertainty and stress for people of all ages. However, adolescents may be at greatest risk for detrimental mental health outcomes due to these disturbances. Developmental milestones, such as socializing, establishing autonomy, and developing personal identity, are all imperative for healthy, positive adolescent development. These have all been at risk during the pandemic.
Despite the challenges and harms of the pandemic, there have been numerous instances of teens actively coping with stressors, and even helping others in their communities to bring about good. Certain personal factors like emotion regulation, desires to fit in with others, and moral values are all important indicators of healthy, positive adjustment in adolescence. By gaining a better understanding of how teens have been successfully managing their responses to the pandemic, we hope to begin to inform parents, teachers, and teens themselves how to improve their mental health and social functioning during stressful times. These abilities mature during adolescence, and it is vital that we begin to provide the knowledge and skills that youth need to be better supported in their lives going forward.
Therefore, our goal is to investigate the potential factors that have helped some teens cope with the stressors and obstacles of the pandemic. In our research, we will incorporate behavioral and physiological assessments to better understand how some youths have thrived, in order to develop new methods for supporting adolescents' mental health and well-being.
Running an experiment requires a lot of organization and maintenance! Your donation can help us to keep the lab space fully stocked with COVID-19 safe protective equipment and cleaning supplies, as well as snacks and water to make sure our participants are as comfortable as possible.
Every teen that visits the lab to take part in the experiment will be compensated for their time. Your donation can help us fund one participant’s visit compensation!
Your donation can fund one entire participant’s visit, including their compensation for taking part in the experiment and all necessary measurement tools required for the experiment (e.g., ECG electrodes)!
Your donation can help us purchase and maintain the required software to analyze teens’ physiological responses to better understand how stress can invasively affect youths.
Your donation can help us to develop outreach connections with the community to educate school officials, parents, and youth about ways to promote positive coping and adjustment during AND after COVID-19.