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Parental Worry, Family-Based Disaster Education and Children’sInternalizing and Externalizing Problems During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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dc.contributor.author Li, X., & Zhou, S.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-03-31T18:25:57Z
dc.date.available 2021-03-31T18:25:57Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.citation Li, X., & Zhou, S. (2021). Parental worry, family-based disaster education and children’s internalizing and externalizing problems during the COVID-19 pandemic. Psychological trauma: theory, research, practice, and policy. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://psycnet.apa.org/fulltext/2021-08696-001.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/5034
dc.description.abstract Internalizing and externalizing problems are prevalent in disaster-exposed children but fewstudies have investigated these problems in relation to parental factors. This study examined how parentalworry and family-based disaster education related to children’s internalizing and externalizing problemsduring the outbreak of COVID-19 in China.Method:Parents reported parental worry, family-baseddisaster education and their children’s (5–8-year-old young elementary schoolchildren [n 245] and 2459–13-year-old early adolescents [n 245]) internalizing and externalizing problems.Results:Dataanalysis showed that (a) across ages, parental worry related to children’s internalizing and externalizingproblems significantly and positively; (b) the significant and negative relationships between family-baseddisaster education and internalizing and externalizing problems were only supported in young elementaryschoolchildren; and (c) high level of parent worry attenuated the negative link between family-baseddisaster education and young elementary schoolchildren’s internalizing problems.Conclusion:Thisstudy expands our knowledge about relationships between parental worry and children’s disaster-relatedwell-being, and highlights the importance of adapting family-based disaster education to different ages.Data suggest that parents of young elementary schoolchildren and early adolescents both should avoidshowing excessive worry in front of their children during the pandemic to help reduce their children’sinternalizing and externalizing problems. Effective family-based disaster education can mitigate youngelementary schoolchildren’s emotional distress and behavioral problems, the effect of which may bemaximized if parents can avoid being overly worried. Parents of early adolescents should support theirchildren in acquiring pandemic-related information independently and encourage them to seek supportoutside the family. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher sychological trauma: theory, research, practice, and policy. en_US
dc.subject International Resources en_US
dc.subject China en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.subject disaster en_US
dc.subject treatment en_US
dc.subject parental factors en_US
dc.subject pandemic en_US
dc.title Parental Worry, Family-Based Disaster Education and Children’sInternalizing and Externalizing Problems During the COVID-19 Pandemic en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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