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Lesson learned-The impact of the Third Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic on German Waldorf Partens‘ Support Needs and Their Rating of Childrens Health-Related Quality of Life: A Cross-Sectional Online Survey

ARCIM Institute; University Hospital Tübingen; Community Hospital Witten-Herdecke; Freie Hochschule Stuttgart; University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf; Witten-Herdecke University; Alice Salomon University of Applied Science; Apollon University of Applied Science

  • Disziplin: Sozial, Bildung, Psychologie
  • Forschungsmethode: Quantitativ
  • Forschungsdesign: Primärerhebung, Offene Befragung (selbstselektiert)
  • Erhebungsstatus: Open-Access-Publikation, Erhebung abgeschlossen, Ergebnisse veröffentlicht, Daten zugänglich

Ziele der Studie

Within the context of the COVID-19-related lockdowns and homeschooling, a substantial burden on school-aged children and parents has been imposed. The special situation regarding Waldorf education, a reform-educational concept, has not been explored – little is known about the situation of German Waldorf families under pandemic conditions. The study aims to close this scientific gap.


A cross-sectional, online, parentsprocy survey was conducted regarding the third pandemic wave, analyzing the questionnaires from 431 parents of 511 Waldorf students aged 7 to 17 years.

Outcome parameters consisted out of 1) support needs of Waldorf parents and the areas in which they needed support compared to the third-wave COPSY sample and 2) HRQoL score, types of schooling, the requency with which digital distance learning was offered, how children received homeschooling assignments, grequency of video lessons offered, average length of ach video lesson, number of children participating, children’s media consuption and factors related to parents‘ support needs.

Through statistical analysis, mainly using Cohen’s d effect sizes and Cramér’s V, baseline demographics were compared to the third-wave COPSY sample as well as the comparison of parents‘ support needs and the areas of needed support, again compared with the COPSY sample.


The data presented in this study are available on request from the corresponding author.