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Lockdown: Is more family time better?

Last updated 5 months ago by Michael Darmanin

It is in our nature to seek the bright side of things. During lockdown many of us feel trapped and hopeless. One way to cope with this is to focus on what we gain. For example, some of us got to spend more time with our families. In a hectic world finding time to spend with our family was a challenge. The lockdown, then, surely must be a blessing, in that regard! A new research from Utrecht University disagrees.

Less parental support

Scientists at Utrecht University started a project in 2019 in which they study the development of children’s identity and autonomy. One measurement took place in the spring of 2020, when the lockdown was in place. The findings were intriguing. Children perceived receiving less parental support during the lockdown, when compared to the previous year. Similarly, parents reported a decrease in positive parenting. In other words, the relations between children and parents became less warm and less supportive during the lockdown.

Surprising twist

The picture looks grim so far. But there is some good news. The same study found that children experienced less negative interactions with their parents. Before the lockdown, many conflicts were based around going out with friends and other social activities. Once these activities were taken away, the conflicts diminished too. Another explanation is that parents and children avoid big conflict topics such as homework and spending time on phones and computers. This likely to be our way of maintaining harmony in the family in these trying times.

Silviu Alexandru Costea
Silviu Alexandru Costea
Silviu A. Costea is a psychology student with a deep appreciation for beauty, may it be in art, science, nature, or anywhere else. With his passion for writing and experience as an international student, he is dedicated to providing quality content on various topics. He is a keen listener and he is convinced that everyone has a story worth sharing.


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