Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Juventino Hernandez Rodriguez
Dr. Liza Talavera-Garza
Dr. Laura Seligman
During the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home orders in the U.S., many parents of school-age children faced new challenges, such increased child-care demands (Adams, 2021). Prime et al. (2020) theorized these negative pandemic impacts would decrease parents' well-being and thereby impact children's psychological adjustment. This study hypothesized that higher number of negative pandemic impacts would predict worsened stress and relationship satisfaction levels among parents, and that this would in turn predict worsened child internalizing symptoms. 595 U.S. parents of school-age children were recruited online during May 2020. Higher number of negative pandemic impacts predicted worsened parents' stress and relationship satisfaction levels. Parents' stress (but not relationship satisfaction) levels predicted increased child internalizing symptoms. These findings suggest that supporting parents of school-age children in reducing their stress levels could be important for children's mental health during future situations of prolonged stay-at-home orders.
Duran, Diana, "Parental Well-being and Children’s Internalizing Symptoms During the Beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States" (2023). Theses and Dissertations. 1209.