Parent–Child Relationships and the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Exploratory Qualitative Study with Parents in Early, Middle, and Late Adulthood
Vaterlaus, J. Mitchell
Patten, Emily V.
Spruance, Lori A.
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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on families is currently unknown. Parents and children have experienced a variety of changes as public health interventions have been implemented to slow the spread of the virus. The current exploratory qualitative study recruited parents (n = 365) in early (ages 20–34), middle (ages 35–64), and late (ages 65 and older) adulthood to understand how the early weeks of the pandemic influenced their parent–child relationships. Participants completed an online survey between March 21 and 31, 2020. Three themes emerged through qualitative content analysis: (1) relational steadiness, (2) navigating COVID-19 challenges in relationships, and (3) relational enhancement.
Vaterlaus, J. M., Shaffer, T., Patten, E. V., & Spruance, L. A. (2021). Parent–child relationships and the COVID-19 pandemic: an exploratory qualitative study with parents in early, middle, and late adulthood. Journal of Adult Development, 28(3), 251-263.