Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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COVID-19, disruptions, parenthood, family life, social ecological stressor, parental stress
In May 2020, data were collected through survey as the COVID-19 pandemic was unfolding and still in its “early” months. The sample N=1,208 is of Canadian parents in a residential romantic relationship, who live with a residential child under the age of eighteen years old, who have access to the internet, and speak English or French. I examine how disruptions to child’s education/daycare, work, and parental childcare activities predicted parental stress through regression models. Findings indicate that fathers and mothers stress since the onset of COVID-19 were the same and that gender was not a moderator to parental stress. A nonlinear finding shows that changes in parental childcare activities during the pandemic compared to before the pandemic caused increased parental stress.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Harris, Holly, "“Early COVID” Changes in Parenting, Education, and Work on Parental Stress: A Gendered Comparison of Canadian Parents" (2023). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 260.