Evidence of psychological distress in families during COVID-19 outbreak are arising. However, the perceived changes in psychological adjustment during home confinement with respect to the period before the pandemic have not been addressed yet. Moreover, little is known about the role of coparenting and specific COVID-19 contextual variables on parental stress and children's behavioral difficulties in the Italian context. Using a cross-sectional survey, we collected data on 841 Italian parents of children aged 3-11 years with typical development during the home confinement (20th April-18th May). We analyzed levels of parental stress, coparenting, and child externalizing behaviors before and during the home confinement. Additionally, hierarchical regressions were performed to investigate predictors of parental stress and child externalizing behaviors during the lockdown. Results showed that parental stress (especially in mothers) and child externalizing behaviors increased during the lockdown period. Coparenting was a strong predictor of parental stress, together with being a mother, younger child age, less time dedicated to the child, and scarce feasibility of remote working. Besides, child externalizing behaviors were predicted by male gender, less parental time dedicated to the child, higher parental stress, and child distance learning workload. Our findings indicate a negative impact of COVID-19 lockdown in both parents and children, suggesting that positive coparenting and time dedicated to children may help to reduce the detrimental effect of pandemic restrictions on family adjustment.

Family adjustment to COVID-19 lockdown in Italy: Parental stress, coparenting, and child externalizing behavior / Giannotti, Michele; Mazzoni, Noemi; Bentenuto, Arianna; Venuti, Paola; de Falco, Simona. - In: FAMILY PROCESS. - ISSN 0014-7370. - ELETTRONICO. - 2021:(2021), pp. 1-19. [10.1111/famp.12686]

Family adjustment to COVID-19 lockdown in Italy: Parental stress, coparenting, and child externalizing behavior

Giannotti, Michele;Mazzoni, Noemi;Bentenuto, Arianna;Venuti, Paola;de Falco, Simona
2021-01-01

Abstract

Evidence of psychological distress in families during COVID-19 outbreak are arising. However, the perceived changes in psychological adjustment during home confinement with respect to the period before the pandemic have not been addressed yet. Moreover, little is known about the role of coparenting and specific COVID-19 contextual variables on parental stress and children's behavioral difficulties in the Italian context. Using a cross-sectional survey, we collected data on 841 Italian parents of children aged 3-11 years with typical development during the home confinement (20th April-18th May). We analyzed levels of parental stress, coparenting, and child externalizing behaviors before and during the home confinement. Additionally, hierarchical regressions were performed to investigate predictors of parental stress and child externalizing behaviors during the lockdown. Results showed that parental stress (especially in mothers) and child externalizing behaviors increased during the lockdown period. Coparenting was a strong predictor of parental stress, together with being a mother, younger child age, less time dedicated to the child, and scarce feasibility of remote working. Besides, child externalizing behaviors were predicted by male gender, less parental time dedicated to the child, higher parental stress, and child distance learning workload. Our findings indicate a negative impact of COVID-19 lockdown in both parents and children, suggesting that positive coparenting and time dedicated to children may help to reduce the detrimental effect of pandemic restrictions on family adjustment.
2021
Giannotti, Michele; Mazzoni, Noemi; Bentenuto, Arianna; Venuti, Paola; de Falco, Simona
Family adjustment to COVID-19 lockdown in Italy: Parental stress, coparenting, and child externalizing behavior / Giannotti, Michele; Mazzoni, Noemi; Bentenuto, Arianna; Venuti, Paola; de Falco, Simona. - In: FAMILY PROCESS. - ISSN 0014-7370. - ELETTRONICO. - 2021:(2021), pp. 1-19. [10.1111/famp.12686]
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