Impacts of COVID-19 quarantine and isolation on adolescent social functioning
Current opinion in psychology
Adolescents; COVID-19; Isolation; Quarantine; Social development
This review discusses research conducted globally between March 2020 and March 2023 examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescent social functioning, including their lifestyle, extracurricular activities, family environment, peer environment, and social skills. Research highlights the widespread impact, with largely negative effects. However, a handful of studies support improved quality of relationships for some young people. Study findings underscore the importance of technology for fostering social communication and connectedness during periods of isolation and quarantine. Most studies specifically examining social skills were cross-sectional and conducted in clinical populations, such as autistic or socially anxious youth. As such, it is critical that ongoing research examines the long-term social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and ways to promote meaningful social connectedness via virtual interactions.
Breaux, Rosanna; Cash, Annah R.; Lewis, Jasmine; Garcia, Katelyn M.; Dvorsky, Melissa R.; and Becker, Stephen P., "Impacts of COVID-19 quarantine and isolation on adolescent social functioning" (2023). GW Authored Works. Paper 2772.
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences