Objective: The current study was aimed at exploring Italian parents' perceived negative and positive changes in family life during the COVID-19 pandemic, taking into account the role of the stage of the family life and family size. Background: During the emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of families drastically changed their daily life and routines. Little evidence exists on how family characteristics, such as family size or presence of children, are related to families' experience of family change. Method: A large sample of 1,407 Italian parents (70.1% mothers) filled in an anonymous online survey during the third week of the lockdown period (between March 30 and April 7, 2020). Results: Results showed that parents reported perceiving more positive changes than negative ones, especially in terms of feeling more emotionally close to their children and spending more fun time with them. Interestingly, parents with two or more children reported more positive changes in family life compared with parents who had one child, showing a greater relational regenerative capacity in the face of COVID-19 lockdown. Conclusion and Implications: Investing in family relationships, especially for larger families, is an effective coping strategy to deal with traumatic situations and promote positive family changes in stressful situations.

Canzi, E., Danioni, F. V., Parise, M., Lopez, G., Ferrari, L., Ranieri, S., Iafrate, R., Lanz, M., Regalia, C., Rosnati, R., Perceived changes in family life during COVID-19: The role of family size, <<FAMILY RELATIONS>>, 2021; 70 (5): 1303-1311. [doi:10.1111/fare.12579] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/203362]

Perceived changes in family life during COVID-19: The role of family size

Canzi, E.;Danioni, F. V.;Parise, M.;Lopez, G.;Ferrari, L.;Ranieri, S.;Iafrate, R.;Lanz, M.;Regalia, C.;Rosnati, R.
2021

Abstract

Objective: The current study was aimed at exploring Italian parents' perceived negative and positive changes in family life during the COVID-19 pandemic, taking into account the role of the stage of the family life and family size. Background: During the emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of families drastically changed their daily life and routines. Little evidence exists on how family characteristics, such as family size or presence of children, are related to families' experience of family change. Method: A large sample of 1,407 Italian parents (70.1% mothers) filled in an anonymous online survey during the third week of the lockdown period (between March 30 and April 7, 2020). Results: Results showed that parents reported perceiving more positive changes than negative ones, especially in terms of feeling more emotionally close to their children and spending more fun time with them. Interestingly, parents with two or more children reported more positive changes in family life compared with parents who had one child, showing a greater relational regenerative capacity in the face of COVID-19 lockdown. Conclusion and Implications: Investing in family relationships, especially for larger families, is an effective coping strategy to deal with traumatic situations and promote positive family changes in stressful situations.
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Canzi, E., Danioni, F. V., Parise, M., Lopez, G., Ferrari, L., Ranieri, S., Iafrate, R., Lanz, M., Regalia, C., Rosnati, R., Perceived changes in family life during COVID-19: The role of family size, <<FAMILY RELATIONS>>, 2021; 70 (5): 1303-1311. [doi:10.1111/fare.12579] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/203362]
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