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Children appear to be a psychologically vulnerable population in global health crises; however, little is known about the role of pre-existing child and parental psychopathology in predicting impact on children and families during global stressors such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Mental health difficulties may worsen the impact of various stressors presented by a pandemic. In the present study, we hypothesized that greater parent-reported children’s internalizing behaviors during preschool age will predict worse impact during the COVID-19 pandemic during early school age, and that parental psychopathology will influence this association. Participants included 151 parents who completed assessments during Time 1 (when children were ages 3-5) and Time 2 (when children were ages 6-8/during COVID). We found significant associations between Time 1 child separation anxiety (r=.26,p

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Spring 4-2021


Child; Psychopathology; Depression; anxiety; COVID-19, pandemic; stress



Child and Parent Psychopathology Predict COVID-19 Impact

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