Children's resilience during Covid-19 confinement. A child's perspective-Which general and media coping strategies are useful?

Verolien Cauberghe*, Steffi De Jans, Liselot Hudders, Ini Vanwesenbeeck

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Abstract

This study explored how children (9-13 years old) coped with the uncertain situation during the first Covid-19 confinement period (Spring 2020) and whether media helped them handle the situation. Based on a survey among 667 West-European (Belgian) children, we concluded that children used various strategies to cope with the situation. Seeking social support via social media and searching for distraction was applied by most children. Creating a comforting atmosphere was used by many, although not evaluated as an effective strategy. Whereas older children searched for Covid-19-related information, younger children indicated to avoid news media to regulate their emotions. The Covid-19 anxiety of parents in the confinement period impacted upon the general level of concerns of their children. The results offer policy recommendations on how to support children in handling the tensive Covid-19 situation, especially during lockdown periods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1503-1520
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Volume50
Issue number3
Early online date16 Oct 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • children
  • confinement
  • coping strategies
  • Covid-19
  • media use
  • resilience
  • MENTAL-HEALTH
  • COMMUNICATION
  • ADOLESCENCE
  • MANAGEMENT
  • SYMPTOMS
  • CRITIQUE

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