The pandemic made childcare a major challenge for parents globally, both in the short and longer term. In this context, it is plausible that emotions and general distress experienced by parents have had an impact at multiple levels in their relationships with their children, potentially increasing their vulnerability. The present study focuses on the analysis of the prevailing emotions of Italian parents during the first lockdown, investigating possible associations with personal perceptions of well-being and readiness to cope with the emergency situation. 319 parents (93% mothers) answered to a semi-structured computer assisted web interview (CAWI; Kurniawan, 2018). The answers showed that parents went through intense emotions, both negative, like worry and anxiety (39.2% named only negative emotions and 32% negative emotions as prevalent) and positive emotions, like hope, serenity and joy (7.8% indicated only positive emotions and 9.5% positive emotions as prevalent). Parents' perceived positive emotions have proved to be important resources linked to a higher level of personal well-being and the perception of being adequately equipped to deal with an emergency. Emotion management emerged as a key area affecting the parents' way of relating with their children during the strict lockdown: Parents declared their need to be supported in building a positive emotional relationship with their children in a stressful situation, highlighting a difficulty to cope with and communicate their own emotionality.

Pepe, A., Biffi, E., & Farina, E. (2021). Feeling the emotions, finding the resources: a pathway toward balanced parenting?. AULA ABIERTA, 50(4), 807-814 [10.17811/rifie.50.4.2021.807-814].

Feeling the emotions, finding the resources: a pathway toward balanced parenting?

Pepe, A;Biffi, E;Farina, E
2021

Abstract

The pandemic made childcare a major challenge for parents globally, both in the short and longer term. In this context, it is plausible that emotions and general distress experienced by parents have had an impact at multiple levels in their relationships with their children, potentially increasing their vulnerability. The present study focuses on the analysis of the prevailing emotions of Italian parents during the first lockdown, investigating possible associations with personal perceptions of well-being and readiness to cope with the emergency situation. 319 parents (93% mothers) answered to a semi-structured computer assisted web interview (CAWI; Kurniawan, 2018). The answers showed that parents went through intense emotions, both negative, like worry and anxiety (39.2% named only negative emotions and 32% negative emotions as prevalent) and positive emotions, like hope, serenity and joy (7.8% indicated only positive emotions and 9.5% positive emotions as prevalent). Parents' perceived positive emotions have proved to be important resources linked to a higher level of personal well-being and the perception of being adequately equipped to deal with an emergency. Emotion management emerged as a key area affecting the parents' way of relating with their children during the strict lockdown: Parents declared their need to be supported in building a positive emotional relationship with their children in a stressful situation, highlighting a difficulty to cope with and communicate their own emotionality.
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Children wellbeing; Covid-19; Lockdown; Parents' emotion;
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Spanish; Castilian
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Pepe, A., Biffi, E., & Farina, E. (2021). Feeling the emotions, finding the resources: a pathway toward balanced parenting?. AULA ABIERTA, 50(4), 807-814 [10.17811/rifie.50.4.2021.807-814].
Pepe, A; Biffi, E; Farina, E
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