A study on the consequences of Corona: children of poor families are the most affected

As of: 07/28/2022 6:11 PM

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

Children from psychologically low-income families suffer from the Corona pandemic more than other children. This is the result of a study conducted by the health insurance company AOK.

The majority of mothers surveyed reported that their children had gone through the epidemic relatively well in terms of health. While only 16 percent noticed a deterioration in the physical health of the sons, one in three mothers reported that the children’s mental health had suffered. Families with lower household incomes were affected more than the average.

self deterioration

Answers to questions about adolescent mental health show a clear social gradient: According to the study, single parents and mothers with little education and low family incomes in particular have noticed a deterioration in the mental health of their children during the coronavirus pandemic. Significantly more low-income women (51.0 percent) and single fathers (44.1 percent) say this than the average of 34.9 percent.

In general, a child’s current mental health is rated as significantly worse than their physical health. 59.4% rated their children’s mental state as good or very good. Here too, mothers with little education (50.2 percent) or low family income (40.7 percent) and single fathers (45.9 percent) rated much worse.

irritable, aggressive and high media consumption

As a result, every fifth mother has found that her offspring have become more nervous and aggressive since the start of Corona. Nearly three out of four mothers reported excessive media consumption and about two thirds that their children did not exercise enough. Overweight children gained weight in four-fifths of cases. Here, too, mothers with little education, low income and single fathers reported problems more often than average. For example, nine-tenths of children from poor families have weight problems that are exacerbated.

Need for private lessons and study groups

Since the beginning of the epidemic, many children have rarely or infrequently been able to benefit from education, care and education in preschool or school. 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 standing reported a need for tutoring and study groups more than average in order to make up for what they missed. According to the study, the majority of mothers surveyed felt particularly burdened or too heavy (65.2 percent) by restricted kindergarten and school operations during the pandemic, especially single fathers at 69.6 percent. Here, too, low-income parents reported severe or very severe stress more frequently.

“The common thread among nearly all of our study findings is that children from socially disadvantaged families were more affected by the epidemic,” said study leader Klaus Zuck.

According to their own statements, 3,000 mothers of children aged three to twelve years were interviewed in February and March of this year for the study by the AOK Scientific Institute, which was conducted in cooperation with the German Youth Institute. The results were consistent with those of other studies.

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