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The Dynamics of Family Conflict Study in the time of Corona

As the Corona pandemic persisted and after a few days of total shutdown, it became obvious to us that we had to find out how the participating families were coping.

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As the Corona pandemic persisted and after a few days of total shutdown, it became obvious to us that we had to find out how the participating families were coping.


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It did not take many hours with combined home office, home school and home kindergarten before we realized that this was a unique situation, and a unique opportunity to find out how families participating in this study were doing. We all experienced that this was a challenging time, no matter how big or small our family was.

For some, the "new everyday" meant more free time than usual, for others the days were now busier than ever. In any case, it was a big transition for both adults and children when so many routines suddenly changed from one day to the next.

We therefore sent out a new questionnaire to parents and youths, while children above the age of eight were interviewed digitally. Both the questionnaire and the interview were much shorter than last time. Some questions were the same as last participation, whereas some new questions about family life during school- and kindergarten lockdown were added.

By gathering information about the experiences from families in different family settings during the Covid-19 situation, we can provide advice to authorities on how they can better plan and prepare for similar future crisis.

How will we use the responses we collected from families?

Everyone participating in the current study contributes to gaining more knowledge about how children and families in different family settings can manage during a crisis. The Covid-19 situation represented a new situation to all of us, and the authorities lack knowledge about how school and kindergarten closures, and other public health measures to prevent infection spread have affected families and family life.

We have already collected some information about family life prior to the Corona pandemic. When we put this information together with information about how the families are doing now, we will be able to give the authorities good advice on which families, children and youths who need extra help in similar situations in the future, and what kind of help these families need. In advance, it is not easy to predict how a crisis like the Covid-19 pandemic will affect children and families in different settings. Therefore, we hope that your responses to the questionnaire can contribute to making our society better equipped to deal with this type of situations in the future.