From economic stress to children psychological maladjustment during the Covid-19 pan-demic: Which role for the coparenting conflict and authoritarian parenting practices?

Author/s Elena Camisasca, Venusia Covelli, Sarah Miragoli
Publishing Year 2021 Issue 2021/1 Language Italian
Pages 15 P. 13-27 File size 217 KB
DOI 10.3280/MAL2021-001002
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Fol-lowing the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, numerous contributions in the lit-erature explored separately the impact of restrictive measures both on families’ economic hardship and on the quality of family relationships, in terms of co-parenting and parenting practices. The aim of the present study was to explore the association between economic stress and children’s psychological maladjustment, by hypothesizing that high levels of co-parental conflict and maternal authoritarian parenting practices could jointly act as serial mediators. Participants were 277 mothers and their children (44% male), aged between 3 and 10, and beleonging to families of medium-high socio-economic level. 37.5% of re-spondents said that the pandemic and related restrictions had a significant negative impact on their family income. The results highlighted the presence of significant associations between economic stress and children’s psychological maladjustment and showed how this assocation was mediated by high levels of both co-parental conflict and authoritarian parenting behaviors.

Keywords: Covid-19, psychological disajustment, co-parenting, authoritarian parenting style, children.

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