More than a quarter of parents are undecided if their adult children will attend university in September, according to a study focusing on the impact of Covid-19.
Eight to 10pc of households reported much more tension than normal at home and around 58pc of respondents reported feeling more anxious.
Most are worried about contracting the virus (70pc); 35pc about other health problems; 34pc about the relaxation of restrictions; 25pc for their finances or business; 31pc about working from home; and 29pc about their child's schooling.
Some 17pc of parents are yet to decide if their children will attend third level and 6pc said they intended to defer.
However, the vast majority - 71pc - said they intended to carry on as normal with a plan to send their children to university.
The Corona Citizens' Science Study, conducted by researchers at NUI Galway and Dublin City University, has found despite the country leaving lockdown many are still struggling to get back on track.
Dr Akke Vellinga, an epidemiologist at the School of Medicine at NUI Galway, told the Irish Independent: "There's real uncertainty out there on how families take the next steps."
Dr Vellinga said almost 3,000 respondents participated in the fourth study of the research, which has taken place throughout the pandemic.
The study has highlighted families and young people have been affected dramatically by the pandemic, according to feedback.
Some 47pc of parents felt their children had "suffered" somewhat with a lack of social interaction, while 33pc felt this had affected their children to a great extent.
And 68pc of parents said they'd send their children to school if they reopened tomorrow. However, 44pc of parents do not have any arrangement in place yet for childcare in September.
The under-25s seemed "much more likely to have developed social anxiety", coming out of lockdown, according to the study.
However, around a third of the respondents didn't worry at all about coming out of lockdown (31pc).
Dr Vellinga said: "Reading through the comments, my heart went out to some people. And it's clear young people's lives have been really affected.
"This is a group who should have been looking forward to the end of Leaving Cert and summer parties.
"17pc state they now have social anxiety (which) is huge. That has a knock-on effect in the future. While older people are concerned about catching the virus, younger people are concerned about how their world has changed.
"Some have gone from being outgoing young people to living in lockdown, with no contact.
"That's not natural for young people. There's a group of young people who've been really affected by lockdown and now this adaption to new social norms."
Meanwhile, it has emerged a large number of workers will be reluctant to return to the office.
Twenty-three per cent indicated they want to continue working from home.
However, 60pc wanted to see a combination of remote working balanced with office days.