Exploring American Parents' Lived Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ramifications for Well-Being

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J Pediatr Psychol. 2021 Dec 7:jsab120. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsab120. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to document the direct impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on parents and families in the United States.

METHODS: Parents’ experiences during the pandemic were examined using an online survey (N = 564) collected during May and June 2020.

RESULTS: Parents reported experiencing a high frequency of COVID-19-related events (e.g., job loss and health concerns) and impact on their lives. Parents’ experiences with COVID-19, as well as self-reported perceived increase in home labor, experiences with assisting children with remote schooling, and work-life conflict were all significantly associated with higher levels of parental role overload. COVID-19-related events and impact, as well as parental role overload, significantly predicted parents’ anxiety and depression, even after controlling for demographic factors.

CONCLUSIONS: The findings suggest the importance of providing support for parents and families through direct services and public policy changes.

PMID:34875088 | DOI:10.1093/jpepsy/jsab120