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Virtual Child Mental Health Forum - The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Parental Stress, Family Wellbeing, and Parenting Behaviors Related to Neglect and Disciplinary Practices

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:15am

Date & Time: March 3, 2021, 10AM - 11:15AM EST

Location: Virtually via Zoom. Click here to register. 

The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Parental Stress, Family Wellbeing, and Parenting Behaviors Related to Neglect and Disciplinary Practices

Christian Connell, PhD

Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
Associate Director, Child Maltreatment Solutions Network, Pennsylvania State University

Summary: The COVID-19 pandemic has activated an extensive public health response, including implementation of social distancing measures and mass school and childcare closures across the U.S. These measures, while critical to reducing spread of the virus, result in children spending more time at home during periods when they would typically be in the care of educational/childcare providers. These changes, coupled with other external stressors faced by parents, may elevate risk that children will experience incidents of child maltreatment (e.g., child abuse or neglect). This concern is further heightened by reduced rates of surveillance of parenting practices, such as those provided by regular interactions with school or childcare personnel, other community institutions, or public settings. Dr. Connell will present findings from a series of cross-sectional and longitudinal studies that investigate the effects of COVID-19-related stressors and the pandemic response on rates of parenting stress, family wellbeing, and parenting practices -- including neglectful or harsh parenting behaviors. These include a large cross-sectional survey of households across the Northeastern U.S., as well as efforts to survey potentially vulnerable state-level populations (e.g., those receiving economic assistance, families with a child diagnosed with developmental disability), and longitudinal data collection from rural and non-metropolitan areas.

Target Audience: Physicians (psychiatrists, pediatricians, child neurologists), psychologists, social workers, other mental health clinicians and researchers, and students and trainees.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to: 

1) Participants will learn how pandemic and public health response are impacting households with children, including the general population and potentially vulnerable populations
2) Participants will learn how pandemic-related conditions are impacting parenting behaviors including use of potentially neglectful or harsh parenting practices

March 3, 2021 from 10AM to 11:15AM EST

This presentation will take place virtually on Zoom. You must pre-register to attend. Click here to pre-register. 

Continuing Education (CE/CEU) Information

Physicians: The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  
Psychologists: This program is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Psychological Association, Wellesley, MA for a maximum of 1 Credit. The Massachusetts Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts Psychological Association maintains responsibility for the program and its content. 
Social Workers: The National Association of Social Workers has approved this series for continuing education credits for social workers.