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Perceived stress, family impact, and changes in physical and social daily life activities of children with chronic somatic conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic
Cogent Medicine ; 8, 2021.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1617073
ABSTRACT

Background:

The COVID-19 pandemic has inevitably affected children and their families. This study examines the impact of the COVID-19 measures in children with chronic somatic conditions (CSC) and their parents and compares them with a Dutch general population sample.

Methods:

We included a sample of children with CSC (0-18 years, n=326) and compared them with children (8-18 years, n=1,287) from the Dutch general population. Perceived stress, coping, social interaction with friends and family, physical activity, eating behavior, family support, and financial situation were assessed with the digitally administered COVID-19 child check questionnaire between November 2020 and May 2021.

Results:

During the COVID-19 pandemic, children with CSC engaged less in physical activity and social interaction with friends compared with children from the general population. Children with CSC and their parents experienced less stress than children and parents from the general population. Moreover, parents of children with CSC aged 0-7 years and children aged 8-18 years from the general population experienced less support and more financial deterioration than parents of children with CSC aged 8-18 years. In the parents from the general population only, this deteriorated financial situation was associated with more stress, worse family interaction and parenting perception, and less received support.

Conclusions:

The impact of COVID-19 measures in children with CSC and their parents differed from those in the general population. Addressing the collateral damage of COVID-19 measures in children and their families can give direction to policy and potentially prevent (long-term) negative consequences.
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