When Home Is Not a Safe Place

The results of a New York Times survey of 7,700 high school students was released earlier this year, confirming what most professionals working with at-risk adolescents already knew: School and other community programs provide a feeling of connectedness and a buffer to what is happening at home for these teens. The pandemic removed these supports from teens with problem homes, causing them to feel less safe. In this article, Dawn Pflugradt and David Prescott look at the ongoing consequences of the pandemic, and what professionals can do to help alleviate these effects and improve outcomes.