Author Date

2022-8

Degree Name

BS

Department

Sociology

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Defense Date

2022-07-26

Publication Date

2023-08-01

First Faculty Advisor

Kevin Shafer

First Faculty Reader

Hayley Pierce

Honors Coordinator

Michael Cope

Keywords

COVID-19, disruptions, parenthood, family life, social ecological stressor, parental stress

Abstract

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.

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