The Parents Are Not Alright: A Call for Caregiver Mental Health Screening During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tara S. Peris, Jill Ehrenreich-May

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Abstract

Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, conversations about the impact of COVID-19 on children and families have shifted. Initial advice for parents stressed topics such as how to talk about the pandemic with children or cope with illness-related distress. They now focus on youth adjustment to a heavily disrupted school year and on strategies for building long-term resilience. Although these conversations often center on youth adjustment, they have—at last—started to consider the well-being of parents (and other caregivers) as well. This shift in focus is crucial given the enormous challenges that parents face right now and the direct links between their well-being and that of their children. What continues to lag, even well into the pandemic, however, is the provision of workable solutions for addressing parents’ mental health. While we applaud the renewed focus on parenting stress and well-being, we remain deeply concerned by the absence of a plan for intervening.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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