From the Introduction: "The Covid-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has illuminated the fragility of American life, with the stock market in turmoil, high unemployment rates, supply chain shortages, and excessive hoarding of everyday goods. Even as states reopen, people are still adjusting to a new way of daily life. For many families, stressors that were manageable before the pandemic are now exacerbated. They are worried about becoming ill, and their financial stability and security. Children are at home for extended periods of time, while parents try to manage work demands, provide support for their children, and cope with rapidly changing circumstances. Pre-existing stressors, such as housing and food insecurity, marital discord, and dysfunctional parent-child relationships, are magnified; supportive measures to mitigate the impact of these stressors on mental and physical heath are difficult to access with social distancing measures in place. Covid-19 has accentuated many of the challenges that children, families and communities had been confronting, upsetting any balance that existed prior to the pandemic."
Policy brief No. 06.30.20
2020 Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy
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