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Relations between Child and Parent Fears and Changes in Family Functioning Related to COVID-19

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Département de Psychologie, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, QC G9A 5H7, Canada
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Centre de Recherche Universitaire sur les Jeunes et les Familles (CRUJeF), Québec, QC G1C 3S2, Canada
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Centre de Recherche and Hôpital en Santé Mentale Albert-Prévost, CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’Ile-de-Montreal, Montreal, QC H4K 1B3, Canada
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Département de Psychoéducation, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC J1K 2R1, Canada
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Département de Psychoéducation, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, QC G8Z 4M3, Canada
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(4), 1786; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041786
Received: 11 January 2021 / Revised: 8 February 2021 / Accepted: 9 February 2021 / Published: 12 February 2021
In adults, higher anxiety level related to COVID-19 has been associated with having a pre-existing medical or mental health condition and poor sleep quality. However, no study yet has looked at these links in children. The present study’s main aim was to assess family changes associated with child and parent fears and concerns about COVID-19. We conducted a cross-sectional study among 144 families with children aged 9–12 years during the COVID-19 lockdown period. Families came from Quebec, Canada, and the survey was done in the early stages of the lockdown (April–May 2020). A phone-based survey assessed parent and child COVID-19-related fears and concerns, family-related changes and health issues. Results showed the more fears parents have about COVID-19, the more fears their child also has. Moreover, changes in family sleep habits were associated with parental and child fears and concerns about COVID-19. Reduced access to health services was associated with parental concerns about COVID-19. If another lockdown was to be put in place in the future, it would be important to inform families on the importance of sleep schedules and to maintain or increase health appointments when possible. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; lockdown; anxiety; fear; family functioning; sleep habits; health services COVID-19; lockdown; anxiety; fear; family functioning; sleep habits; health services
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Suffren, S.; Dubois-Comtois, K.; Lemelin, J.-P.; St-Laurent, D.; Milot, T. Relations between Child and Parent Fears and Changes in Family Functioning Related to COVID-19. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 1786. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041786

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Suffren S, Dubois-Comtois K, Lemelin J-P, St-Laurent D, Milot T. Relations between Child and Parent Fears and Changes in Family Functioning Related to COVID-19. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(4):1786. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041786

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Suffren, Sabrina, Karine Dubois-Comtois, Jean-Pascal Lemelin, Diane St-Laurent, and Tristan Milot. 2021. "Relations between Child and Parent Fears and Changes in Family Functioning Related to COVID-19" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 4: 1786. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041786

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