Are teenagers better than adult women

Young adults in the corona pandemicEducation professor: Many young people feel that they are not being heard

Sabine Andresen is a professor of education at the Goethe University in Frankfurt and her research department is involved in the "JuCo 2" study. In the survey by the Universities of Hildesheim and Frankfurt, more than 7,000 adolescents and young adults were asked how they were experiencing the corona crisis.

"On the one hand, the basic feeling can be described with a great deal of approval among adolescents and young adults for the infection control measures," said Andresen and emphasized the great willingness of this age group to make a contribution here.

(Wolfram Steinberg / dpa) Women and young people suffer particularly from the pandemic
"Stress, loneliness and anger have increased significantly in around a third of those surveyed," said Christoph Correl, head of the international study COH-FIT with participants from 150 countries. Women and young people suffered significantly more from the effects of COVID-19.

"On the other hand, we also have to see that many teenagers and young adults have developed a very pessimistic feeling in recent months," she explained. Examples are fear of the future or the impression of not being heard or seen.

One area in which the experiences of the young people could be incorporated more into the planning of further measures is the way in which young people learn at home and what they consider to be in need of improvement, said the education professor.

Young people also miss real contacts

Young people in particular are currently experiencing that they don't just want to communicate via social media, but are dependent on being physically together in one room, explained Andresen.

It is wrong to stigmatize the current young people as the "Corona generation" - "because this goes hand in hand with the public discussion: Young people have considerable disadvantages with regard to their degrees, in relation to the transitions they are facing." It is all the more important now to make greater efforts so that there is no "Corona generation" with all the negative implications. Everything must now be done so that young people can achieve what they set out to do and what they want.

Discrepancy between public perception and the facts

For young people, the discussion about their behavior is stressful in an often generalized way, said Andresen. "All of those who have been linked to corona rule breaking have been teenagers and young adults." The study was able to show very clearly that more than 60 percent of those questioned agree to the infection protection measures.

(Imago / Rupert Oberhäuser) Youth researcher: better educate young people about Corona
In a current study, 66 percent of the young people surveyed state that it is important to avoid celebrations and parties in the corona pandemic. Young men with a lower level of education did not want to do without, according to study initiator Simon Schnetzer in the Dlf. Education is important here.

In addition, one knows from the survey that young people themselves are very afraid of being infected or of endangering their family members. Andresen: "These careful measures, which young people are willing to take themselves, are often not recognized and they are also not seen." This is a very problematic signal from our society to young people and young adults.

Larger educational gaps as a result of the crisis

A discussion that urgently needs to be conducted more intensively is about the possible further divergence in the level of education, explained the educational scientist - depending on the different requirements and circumstances of the young people at home. "Corona shows the weaknesses of the infrastructure, which were already clear before the pandemic," said Andresen. On the one hand, this is the deficit in digitization, but also the deficits in participation.

Overview on the subject of coronavirus (imago / Rob Engelaar / Hollandse Hoogte)

Probably the most disadvantaged are those young people who have little opportunity to retreat at home. "If I don't have a quiet place to work at home or a quiet place to just ponder my thoughts or hang out in peace: That increases the stress, that increases the burden and that considerably limits the learning and educational opportunities . " This finding should not be overlooked, said Andresen.

According to the education professor, the young people in the study report that they should always - "come what may, work. And now they should work in such a way that they definitely acquire the subject matter - even at home, also via their digital devices But you know that there is always - and it is the same in many families - there is a conflict or argument about how long you sit in front of the computer. "