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“The most important thing is to communicate with students”: Experiences and Voices of Canadian Youth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

2023

“The most important thing is to communicate with students”: Experiences and Voices of Canadian Youth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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This study aimed to learn directly from youth about how they navigated and experienced the COVID-19 pandemic response, with a focus on secondary school policies and protocols. Thirty semi-structured one-on-one interviews were conducted with Canadian youth (13–18 years old, 53.3% girls, 46.7% white) and analysed using inductive interpretive description. Youth discussed challenges related to a lack of direct communication and consultation about pandemic-related decisions, the shifts between different school modalities, the loss of extracurricular opportunities, and a need for mental health support, which they connected to adverse impacts on their learning, health, and future opportunities. Participants’ top recommendation for adults was to include youth in decision-making on matters that impact them. To uphold their rights, support healthy development, and ensure more effective policies/protocols, the authentic engagement of youth in decision-making processes and improved communication are necessary and were absent during the pandemic.

Riazi, N. A., Goddard, J., Lappin, S., Michaelson, V., Wade, T. J., & Patte, K. A. (2023). “The most important thing is to communicate with students”: Experiences and voices of Canadian youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Adolescence & Youth, 28(1), 83-99. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02673843.2023.2239327

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