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Inequalities in late adolescents’ educational experiences and wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic

Anders, Jake, Macmillan, Lindsey, Sturgis, Patrick ORCID: 0000-0003-1180-3493 and Wyness, Gill (2022) Inequalities in late adolescents’ educational experiences and wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Oxford Review of Education. ISSN 0305-4985

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Identification Number: 10.1080/03054985.2022.2124964


While the health risks of Covid-19 for young people are low, they have borne a heavy cost of the pandemic through intense disruption to their education and social lives. These effects have not been experienced equally across social and demographic groups. Using data from a nationally representative survey of 4,000 young people in England linked to their education records, we study inequalities in late adolescents’ experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic. We find particularly stark inequalities by socio-economic status, with those from poorer families facing disadvantage on multiple fronts, particularly in their experiences of home learning, returning to school, and exam cancellations compared to their more advantaged peers. Gender and ethnic inequalities were more mixed, though young females reported significantly lower wellbeing scores than males. This evidence suggests that the pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities, meaning policymakers concerned with increasing equity and social mobility now face an even bigger task than before.

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Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2022 16:18
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2024 04:42

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