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Title: Parents' perceived stress and children's adjustment during the COVID‐19 lockdown in Italy: The mediating role of family resilience
Authors: Giordano, Francesca
Daniilidou, Athena
Cipolla, Alessandra
Landoni, Marta
Platsidou, Maria
Type: Article
Subjects: FRASCATI::Social sciences::Psychology
Keywords: behavioral problems
COVID-19 pandemic
emotional problems
family resilience
perceived stress
Issue Date: 9-Jun-2022
Source: Family Relations
Volume: 72
Issue: 1
First Page: 7
Last Page: 22
Abstract: Objective This study aimed to explore the role of family resilience in the relationship between parents' psychological stress and their perceptions of children's emotional and behavioral symptoms during the COVID-19 lockdown in Italy. Background The COVID-19 lockdown threatened the well-being of parents, with a potentially cascading effect on children's adjustment. However, the negative impact of parents' stress on children's well-being may be attenuated in resilient families. Method During the Italian lockdown, an online survey was administered to 649 parents of at least one child aged between 5 and 17 years. Respondents completed the survey themselves and their child(ren). The Perceived Stress Scale, the Walsh Family Resilience Questionnaire, and the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire were administered to parents. Results Results show that family resilience is a key mechanism in the association of parents' perceived stress with their perceptions of children's emotional symptoms, prosocial behavior, and hyperactivity and that only parents' marital status moderates this relationship. Conclusion The intervening role of family resilience emphasizes the need to empower parents and families during the pandemic crisis. Implications By strengthening family resilience, family resources maybe strengthened to meet new challenges more effectively.
ISSN: 0197-6664
Other Identifiers: 10.1111/fare.12716
Appears in Collections:Department of Educational & Social Policy

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