Contrary to the predictions, many kids’ mental well-being went up, not down, early on in the COVID-19 pandemic.
That’s the conclusion of Let Grow’s co-founder Dr. Peter Gray, whose analysis appears in The American Journal of Play.
In April and May of 2020, Let Grow conducted several large-scale online surveys of kids 8–13, and parents. These families hailed from across the geographic, demographic and economic spectrum. Surprise! The results turned out to be the opposite of what mental health experts feared at the start of the pandemic. In fact, when given a list of adjectives to describe their moods, three times more kids ticked off “Happy” than “Sad.”
Read about the study and Dr. Gray’s analysis over at Let Grow!