Pandemic parenting: stress and resilience during the covid-19 pandemic

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Pope, Frances
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Neuroscience
This study examines and compares the experiences of parents at two time points during the first six months of the Covid-19 pandemic response in Canada. Two anonymous, online surveys were completed by 525 parents. Categories of questions included stressors, resilience resources, experiences with the education system, and behavioural manifestations of stress for both parents and children. Parents reported significant increases in their stress levels over time. At the first time point, resilience resources showed no impact on stress levels for parents, but the relationship between resilience resources and stress levels increased over time. The most significant stressors for parents included parenting, familial relationships, finances, and children’s education. Parents reported significant increases in their own behavioural symptoms of stress from pre- to post-Covid-19, and high incidence of behavioural symptoms of stress in their children. Familial patterns of stress symptomology between parents and children emerged in both number and type of behaviour.
Behavioural Neuroscience , Mental Health , Public Health , Behavioural Psychology , Resilience , Child Behaviour , Determinants of Health , Determinants of Mental Health , COVID-19 (Disease) , Parenting , Stress (Physiology) , Stress in children , Stress management , Dissertations, Academic