" The objective of this study is to better understand the situation of families during this period of confinement and to analyze the relationship between the parents' and children's reactions. More specifically, the goal is to learn about the anxiety factors and stress management techniques used by parents and children during this particular period and their influence on their sense of parental competence. Several studies have highlighted the stress felt, and even the symptoms of acute stress and post-traumatic stress, in cases of confinement (Qiu et al., 2020; Brooks et al., 2020). Moreover, in previous studies, we have already demonstrated links between the stress felt by parents and that developed by children through intergenerational transmission in the case of traumatic situations (Gallo et al., 2019). In this framework, we wish to study the links between the stress felt by the parent and that felt by the child in the current confinement situation that we are familiar with (generator of peri-traumatic distress or post-traumatic symptomatology, Qiu et al., 2020; Brooks et al., 2020). Our basic assumptions are as follows: - There is a significant relationship between parental and child stress - Having a person at risk in our environment influences the stress of parents and children. - The level of parental education influences how parents explain the health crisis to their children and this has an impact on the stress experienced by the children. - The environment in which parents and children live (the family situation (single parent, etc.), the place of work (teleworking, etc.) influences parents' and children's stress but also the feeling of parental competence. - Frequency of media exposure influences parental and child stress. "
Funding: No specific funding
Publication References: Brooks, S. K., Webster, R. K., Smith, L. E., Woodland, L., Wessely, S., Greenberg, N., & Rubin, G. J. (2020). The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence. The Lancet. Gallo, A., Wertz, C., Kairis, S., & Blavier, A. (2019). Exploration of relationship between parental distress, family functioning and post-traumatic symptoms in children. European Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 3, 125-133. Qiu, J., Shen, B., Zhao, M., Wang, Z., Xie, B., & Xu, Y. (2020). A nationwide survey of psychological distress among Chinese people in the COVID-19 epidemic: implications and policy recommendations.
Adélaïde Blavier, Professor - Stéphanie Chartier, PhD Student- Researcher