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Family Coping Strategies During Finland’s COVID-19 Lockdown

Department of Social Research, University of Turku, FI-20014 Turun yliopisto, Finland
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Sustainability 2020, 12(21), 9133;
Received: 25 September 2020 / Revised: 27 October 2020 / Accepted: 28 October 2020 / Published: 3 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability of Families and Child Welfare)
During spring 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic and global lockdowns fundamentally changed families’ everyday lives. This study aims to examine how families with children coped during the COVID-19 lockdown in Finland and what kind of coping strategies they developed. An online survey including both qualitative and quantitative questions was conducted between April and May 2020 to gather Finnish families’ experiences during the COVID-19 lockdown. In this study, we focus on information from one open-ended question, and Huston’s social-ecological theory was used as an analytical framework. The results showed that Finnish families employed coping strategies on three levels: macroenvironmental, relationship, and individual. This supports the argument that to better understand families’ coping strategies, the macrosocietal environment surrounding families, their relationships, and the interactions between family members, as well as individual decisions and attitudes, should be taken into account. View Full-Text
Keywords: coping strategies; COVID-19; families; social-ecological theory coping strategies; COVID-19; families; social-ecological theory
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Salin, M.; Kaittila, A.; Hakovirta, M.; Anttila, M. Family Coping Strategies During Finland’s COVID-19 Lockdown. Sustainability 2020, 12, 9133.

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Salin M, Kaittila A, Hakovirta M, Anttila M. Family Coping Strategies During Finland’s COVID-19 Lockdown. Sustainability. 2020; 12(21):9133.

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Salin, Milla, Anniina Kaittila, Mia Hakovirta, and Mari Anttila. 2020. "Family Coping Strategies During Finland’s COVID-19 Lockdown" Sustainability 12, no. 21: 9133.

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