map corona problems together with young people

This manifesto is the result of research questions that young people asked science. Almost a year ago, during the press conference on 19 May, Prime Minister Rutte called on young people to actively think about the future of the country during and after the corona crisis. The National Science Agenda took up this call and organized a challenge for young people who wanted to respond to this call. Young people submitted all kinds of research questions, which they set to work with scientists. Such as the question of what the impact of the corona crisis is on vulnerable young people.

4 out of 10 young people are in a vulnerable situation

One of the studies shows that 4 out of 10 young people between the ages of 16 and 24 are in a vulnerable situation. Odilia Laceulle, developmental psychologist, about the results: “Not because they themselves have physical or psychological complaints, but because they live with vulnerable housemates. Because they are more than other young people confronted with the possible consequences of corona, they adhere well to the corona measures. But at the same time they seem to have it harder than other young people. They have more emotional problems, such as anxiety and feelings of depression. They also more often miss important milestones that are characteristic of this age. Think of making your own decisions, learning to deal with money, dealing with intimacy and sexuality or missing out on a side job. Much more attention should be paid to this large group of young people. ”


Together, five top scientists and their research teams with young people have drawn up a manifesto for policymakers, scientists and administrators about young people and corona based on their experience. “Involving young people in science and policy has a lot of added value, especially in crisis situations such as during this pandemic,” concludes Eveline Crone. “This generation is incredibly creative. Research has shown that their brains are still developing. And that really delivers different insights and ideas. ”

In the manifesto, the scientists advise involving young people in policy formation by co-creation, including insights from young people in policy and policy, or making research results much more accessible.

By: National Education Guide

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