MyVoice text-message surveys often blend the personal and the political. We ask youth to share their thoughts and opinions on the events unfolding around them. In the months leading up to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections, we asked a series of questions about the state of their mental health and wellbeing, in the context of the political environment and U.S. politics. We asked those same questions in the months after Election and Inauguration Day.
For about half of the over 1,500 MyVoice participants, the 2016 election was their first voting-eligible presidential race. For the other half, those under 18, they still articulated strong opinions on the state of politics and the political direction of the country.
To find out what they had to say, see “It’s not just you – politics is stressing out America’s youth” a February 2018 Conversation piece written by Melissa DeJonckheere and Tammy Chang. It’s Creative Commons-licensed, so feel free to republish and share the piece! You can also download their full-text academic paper, published in the journal Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health here.
Team Lead/Lead Author: Melissa DeJonckheere, PhD
Paper Citation: Dejonckheere M, Fisher A, Chang T. How has the presidential election affected young Americans? Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health. 2018;12(1). doi:10.1186/s13034-018-0214-7.