Elevated levels of COVID-19-related stress and mental health problems among parents of children with developmental disorders during the pandemic

Chun Ho Randolph CHAN, Suk Chun FUNG

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Abstract

COVID-19 not only threatens people’s physical health, but also creates disruption in work and social relationships. Parents may even experience additional strain resulting from childcare responsibilities. A total of 129 parents participated in this study. Parents of children with developmental disorders showed higher levels of parenting stress, depressive symptoms, and anxiety symptoms than did parents of children with typical development. Parenting stress and health worries were positively related to mental health symptoms. The association between having a child with developmental disorders and mental health symptoms was mediated by parenting stress. This study provides a timely investigation into the stress and mental health of parents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Implications on web-based parenting skills interventions, online psychological support services, and family-friendly policy initiatives are discussed. Copyright © 2021 The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Early online date28 Apr 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Apr 2021

Citation

Chan, R. C. H., & Fung, S. C. (2021). Elevated levels of COVID-19-related stress and mental health problems among parents of children with developmental disorders during the pandemic. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10803-021-05004-w

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Health worries
  • Work and social disruption
  • Parenting stress
  • Mental health
  • Parents of children with developmental disorders

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