WAMU 88.5 reports that Black, Brown and low-income students burdened with economic worries and household duties during the pandemic are experiencing “adultification,” the expectation of taking on responsibilities usually managed by adults, citing UMD researchers and Identity collaborators Dr. Amy Lewin and Dr. Kevin Roy.

According to the WAMU report:

“Young people have had to care for family members who fall ill, overseeing household duties as their parents recover. Many have had to help younger siblings navigate virtual school as they juggle their own online classes because their parents cannot work from home. Other students are working to help provide for their families.

Research shows the time away from school buildings will disproportionately hurt Black, Brown and low-income students, exacerbating achievement and opportunity gaps that existed long before the pandemic.”

Read or listen to the full story at NPR: For Many Local Students, The Pandemic Has Meant A Mountain Of Adult Responsibilities