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Children's Emotional Well-Being, Difficulties, and Aggressive Behaviour during the First COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown in German-Speaking Switzerland

  • 1. Hochschule Luzern


This study aims to describe parents' perception of short-term effects of theCOVID-19 pandemic on their children's emotional well-being, difficulties,and aggressive behaviour in German-speaking Switzerland. Results from thefirst wave (baseline) of an opt-in online survey on the emotional well-being,difficulties, and aggressive behaviour of children aged 4 - 14 years during thefirst nationwide lockdown in spring 2020 are presented. Standardised scaleswere used to survey children's aggressive behaviour (FAVK) and emotionaland behavioural difficulties (SDQ). Up to June 8, 2020, 159 parents of 231children (aged 2 - 14) participated in the study. Results indicate that according to their parents, most children were able to cope well with the lockdown.However, respondents reported difficulties for two fifths of the children. Although the difficulties were not severe in most cases, the children's emotionaland behavioural problems were a burden for most families. Further, compared to the norm sample of children (aged 4 - 14), children with clinicallyrelevant aggression scores were overrepresented in the sample. Younger children (aged 4 - 8) and boys seem to have been more burdened with factorsthat trigger aggression than older children (aged 9 - 14) and girls. In line withother studies, our results indicate that COVID-19 containment measures hada negative impact on the children's well-being and behaviour from an earlystage. These difficulties represent a developmental risk for the children as wellas for their families as a whole. However, the pandemic affected differentfamilies in different ways. For example, children of different ages were affected differently, and there was an association between the children's difficulties and the parents' organisation of childcare and remote work from home.As long-term effects of the pandemic on children's development are to be expected, health and social services should be prepared for an increase in demand by families.


+ ID der Publikation: hslu_93418 + Art des Beitrages: Fachmedien + Jahrgang: 13 + Sprache: Englisch + Letzte Aktualisierung: 2023-03-13 11:54:08



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Journal article: 10.4236/psych.2022.1311100 (DOI)
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