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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 11/2021

13-08-2021 | Original Paper

Life Interrupted: Family Routines Buffer Stress during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Auteurs: Carolyn R. Bates, Laura M. Nicholson, Elizabeth M. Rea, Hannah A. Hagy, Amy M. Bohnert

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 11/2021

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Abstract

Adoption of certain behavioral and social routines that organize and structure the home environment may help families navigate the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The current cross-sectional study aimed to assess family routines prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic and examine associations with individual and family well-being. Using a national sample, 300 caregivers of children ages 6-18 were surveyed using Amazon Mechanical Turk platform during the first three months of COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Caregivers reported on family demographics, COVID-19-related stress, engagement in family routines (prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic), stress mindset, self-efficacy, and family resiliency. Overall, families reported engaging in fewer routines during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to prior to the pandemic. COVID-19-related stress was highest in low-income families, families of healthcare workers, and among caregivers who had experienced the COVID-19 virus. Moreover, COVID-19-related stress was negatively related to self-efficacy, positively related to an enhancing stress mindset, and negatively related to family resilience. Engagement in family routines buffered relations between COVID-19-related stress and family resilience, such that COVID-19-related stress was not associated with lower family resilience among families that engaged in high levels of family routines. Results suggest that family routines were challenging to maintain in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, but were associated with better individual and family well-being during this period of acute health, economic, and social stress.

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Metagegevens
Titel
Life Interrupted: Family Routines Buffer Stress during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Auteurs
Carolyn R. Bates
Laura M. Nicholson
Elizabeth M. Rea
Hannah A. Hagy
Amy M. Bohnert
Publicatiedatum
13-08-2021
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 11/2021
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-021-02063-6