Salmela-Aro investigates the effects of climate change and Covid-19 on the wellbeing of young people. Her research focuses on their emotional, cognitive, functional, social and motivational development.
“We employ new and innovative research methods, such as experience sampling. We are using it to survey emotions and instances of optimal learning.”
The goal is to identify positive effects brought about by climate change and the pandemic on young people’s development, such as features of empowerment, optimal learning and social togetherness, as well as negative effects, such as dimensions of burnout, stress and anxiety.
The wellbeing of young people is affected by their friends, digital networks, parents, teachers and communities. The research encompasses all of these areas, and there are also international activities involved.
“Strengthening young people’s resilience, or their mental recovery capacity, is important.”
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