New CDC Foundation Report Delves into Mental Health Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Teachers and Parents


CDC Foundation Report Report details significant factors associated with mental health for parents and teachers

A new report about the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on teachers and parents of K-12 students finds that parents of K-12 students may be experiencing slightly higher levels of mental health distress based on pre-pandemic national estimates.  They also found that teachers’ mental health has been affected by new instructional challenges and barriers to implementing COVID-19 prevention measures.  The report was based on online survey, focus groups with parents, teachers, and superintendents, and social media posts. 

Some of the key findings of the report include:


  • 16% of parents report that their mental health was poor for 14 or more days in the past month
  • Parents experiencing involuntary unemployment and lower incomes more likely to experience frequent mental distress than other parents
  • Parents whose child knows someone who is high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 have higher proportions of mental health distress


  • 27% of teachers self reported symptoms consistent with clinical depression and 37% self reported symptoms consistent with generalized anxiety
  • 53% of teachers say they are thinking of leaving the profession more now than they were before the pandemic (February 2020)
  • Teachers reporting that their students are still 100% virtual as of March 2021 had higher rates of depression and anxiety symptoms than other teachers

Read the Summary Report

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