Journal article

COVID-19 unmasked: preschool children's negative thoughts and worries during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia

Mira Vasileva, Eva Alisic, Alex De Young

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOTRAUMATOLOGY | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Background: The COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences are stressful for many children and their families. Previous research with school-aged children has shown that negative thoughts and worries can predict mental health symptoms following stressful events. So far preschool children have been neglected in these investigations. Objective: The aim of this study was to explore negative thoughts and worries that preschool aged children are having during the COVID-19 pandemic. Method: As part of a larger mixed-method study, caregivers of N = 399 preschoolers aged between 3 and 5 years (M = 4.41) answered open-ended questions about their COVID-19 related thoughts and worries. Reflexive thematic a..

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Grants

Awarded by German Research Foundation


Awarded by Australian Research Council Future Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

The postdoc fellowship of Mira Vasileva is funded by the German Research Foundation (Research Fellowship #420503242). Eva Alisic is supported by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (FT190100255).