by Lisa Pao
Posted on February 16, 2021
We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected people of color at disproportionate rates. However, how the pandemic has impacted the mental health of minority students has remained unexamined - until now.
In our most recent report, we have summarized findings from over 14,000 students assessed during the Spring of 2020 to examine patterns of mental health and well-being across students from different racial/ethnic backgrounds: White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian. Findings showed that as with adults, youth of color generally demonstrated greater vulnerability than Whites. Hispanic students stood out, having relatively high rates of clinically significant depression as compared to others, as well as higher levels of reported difficulties with learning in the online format.
It is important that schools consider the outsized impacts that minority groups are facing and adjust their strategies to provide additional support where needed. Read the report for full findings and recommendations for schools to consider when supporting their minority students.