"Wont someone please think of the parents!"
Wednesday, Sep 22, 2021 at 12:10 PM
- 1:00 PM EDT
"Won't someone please think of the parents!" - a multilevel examination of family stress during COVID-19
There is growing evidence for the putative consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on child and caregiver mental health. Most of this rapid-response research has been cross-sectional and focused on one-child-per-family. While informative, this methodology is not able to isolate the (a) direction of effects amongst contextual stressors, children, and caregivers, and (b) processes that are operative for entire families versus specific children. It is important to understand these nuances to best inform our public health disaster response, particularly in the arena of child and family mental health intervention planning. Are whole families feeling the stress of the pandemic, or are certain individuals and family subsystems most implicated? This colloquium will explore these questions using an ongoing international cohort of over 1000 children in 500 families, specially mobilized to explore family stress during the pandemic. Emphasis will be placed on “child-effects”, or the way in which COVID-19 related deterioration in children’s mental health may influence caregivers and the family system. Implications for intervention and policy will be discussed.
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Centre for Biotechnology and Bioengineering
A University of Waterloo centre.