Parent survey: children’s mental health remains a concern

BOSTON (SHNS) – As the end of the third school year influenced by COVID-19 approaches, almost half of parents with children in K-12 schools are concerned about the mental health of their children and 22% think that their children are behind in grade, according to new survey results.

Forty-eight percent of 1,469 parents surveyed by The MassINC Polling Group said they were “very” or “somewhat” concerned about their children’s mental and emotional health, compared to 60% who responded that way in February 2021.

Pollsters say results show mental health issues can be ‘intertwined with academic barriers’ and support for children with mental health issues ‘has been spotty’, with 48% of parents concerned about health mental health saying that the school offered to help them. .

Seventy-four percent of parents who see their children behind in school also reported mental health issues, and parents whose children are learning English or receiving services through a individualized education also reported mental health problems at higher levels.

The sixth in a series of parent surveys conducted by since spring 2020, the poll is set to be discussed at a virtual event at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

It was conducted between March 17 and April 11 through live telephone and online interviews in English and Spanish, and was sponsored by the Barr Foundation with project contribution and assistance from the Education Trust.

In November 2021, 51% of parents expected their children to finish the year at grade level, with 35% saying ahead of grade level and 9% behind grade level. These figures have changed in the most recent survey, with 53% now expecting their children to finish the year in grade, 23% ahead of grade and 22% behind.

More than half of parents – 53% – said they thought their children’s school was doing enough to help students catch up academically during the pandemic, and 26% said they planned to enroll their child in a summer learning program, such as a summer school, an acceleration academy, or a camp with an educational component.

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