The Kids Are / Not / Sort of All Right*

  title={The Kids Are / Not / Sort of All Right*},
  author={Caroline Pitt and A. Hock and Leila R. Zelnick and Katie Davis The Information School and University of Washington and College of General Education and Department of Preventive Medicine},
  journal={Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems},
We investigated changes in and factors affecting American adolescents’ subjective wellbeing during the early months (April – August 2020) of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Twenty-one teens (14-19 years) participated in interviews at the start and end of the study and completed ecological momentary assessments three times per week between the interviews. There was an aggregate trend toward increased wellbeing, with considerable variation within and across participants. Teens… 

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