Study of the consequences of corona: children from poorer families are more affected

From: 28/07/2022 18:11

It is well known that the corona pandemic has had a negative impact on many children. But which of them is particularly affected? According to a study, children from poorer families and from single mothers suffer the most.

Children from low-income families have suffered more psychologically during the corona pandemic than other children. This is the result of a study carried out by the health insurance company AOK.

The majority of the mothers interviewed stated that their children got through the pandemic relatively well in terms of health. While only 16 percent noted a deterioration in the offspring’s physical health, one in three mothers reported that the children’s mental health had suffered. Families with a low household income were affected more often than average.

deterioration of the psyche

The answers to the questions about young people’s mental health show a clear social gradient: According to the study, especially single parents and mothers with a simple education and low household income noticed a deterioration in their children’s mental health during the corona pandemic. This is said by significantly more low-income women (51.0 percent) and single parents (44.1 percent) than the average of 34.9 percent.

In general, the current mental health of one’s own child is rated significantly worse than the physical health. 59.4 percent rated their children’s mental state as good or very good. Here, too, the assessment of mothers with a simple education (50.2 percent) or low household income (40.7 percent) and single parents (45.9 percent) is significantly worse.

Irritable, aggressive and high media consumption

As a result, every fifth mother experienced that her offspring had become more irritable and aggressive since the beginning of Corona. Almost three out of four mothers reported excessive media consumption and almost two thirds that their children did not get enough exercise. Obese children had gained even more weight in four fifths of the cases. Mothers with low education, low income and single parents also reported problems here more often than average. For example, weight problems worsened for children from poor families in nine-tenths of cases.

Need for guidance and study groups

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many children have only rarely or irregularly been able to use pre-school or school education, care and education. Most of the mothers surveyed would like support from sports clubs (27.8 percent), followed by school psychologists and social workers (24.8 percent).

Mothers with low social status more often than average expressed a need for guidance and study groups to catch up on what they had missed. According to the survey, the majority of mothers surveyed felt particularly or very heavily burdened (65.2 percent) by the limited kindergarten and school operations during the pandemic, especially the single parents with 69.6 percent. Here, too, single parents and mothers with low household income more frequently reported severe or very severe stress.

“A common thread that runs through almost all the results of our study is that children from socially disadvantaged families were significantly more affected by the pandemic,” said Klaus Zok, head of the study, according to a statement.

According to their own statements, 3,000 mothers of three to twelve-year-old children were interviewed in February and March this year for the study by the AOK’s scientific institute, which was carried out in cooperation with the German Youth Institute. The results were consistent with those of other studies.

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