Covid lockdown school closures ‘hit mothers’ mental health but left fathers unaffected’
School closures during the UK government lockdown harmed mothers’ mental health, but did not affect fathers’ well-being, the research found.
Childcare and home schooling and doing their own chores can make mothers of teens depressed, have trouble sleeping and see themselves as worthless.
Outbreaks intensify during pregnancy and in children. However, mothers suffered major losses and the study found that fathers were slightly affected.
Academics from the universities of Essex, Surrey and Birmingham say that the closure of schools to curb the spread of the coronavirus has had a “significant adverse effect” on maternal mental health. However, “it doesn’t matter to fathers”.
The findings are based on a study of how 1,500 parents of children aged four to 12 in the UK were concerned about school closures, which began with the first lockdown in March 2020. It looks at the variation of effect between parents. Return to school in early June – enrollment primary school students and another six years – and those who have sons who will not return until September.
Mothers are most affected by sons and daughters who miss the whole summer. Their responses to 12 questions in an established systematic public health questionnaire to measure mental health showed a larger drop than before the start of the pandemic.
Researchers have found that mothers who preferentially have younger children are more likely to return to school in June “more likely to report losing more sleep due to anxiety, and always have difficulty; They cannot get over their hardships; [and] feel sad or depressed,” he said in a statement to the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex.
Other consequences include women losing confidence in themselves, thinking they are worthless and dissatisfied with their normal routines.
Dr. Laura Fumagalli said, “The impact on mothers’ mental health of dropping children out of school is significant, and there is a significant hidden cost to lock down. Our study – for the first time – found school closures in maternal mental health. it shows.” ISER researcher and one of the report’s four co-authors.
We estimate that school closures may account for half of the mental decline experienced by mothers during the pandemic. It is interesting that the average mental health of fathers is not affected by school closures,” he said.
Teachers identified a sharp increase in loneliness, social isolation and loss of contact with people in and outside school as the main causes of decline in maternal mental health. They found it was more important than working overtime or losing a job.
Mothers who do not prioritize their children returning to school feel more lonely than those who return in June.
Compared to previous research, groups with increased stress during the pandemic typically include women and mothers living with young children, those with less basic health care, those in low-income households, and those of Asian descent. There is a recent study to find out whether men’s mental health remains the same.
The Liberal Democrat MP said, “The findings of this study are unbelievable. Unreliable parents, especially mothers who do not bear the heavy burden of cheating. Homeschooling and working during a pandemic are physically and mentally exhausting.” ” Munira Wilson is the party’s spokesperson for health, welfare and social security.
“The mental health of the mother has been badly affected by the multiple lockdowns, and the government’s continued support has not only helped matters.
The reopening of schools that fail to take parental concerns into vague and uneven guidance is an example of how the government has utterly failed mothers in times of extreme distress.
“Mothers should feel like they are torn to pieces. Further public investigations into tackling the infection should prioritize its impact on mental health,” she said. Wilson.
Data from 1,500 parents in the study came from the UK Longitudinal Study Association and was collected in April, May, June, July, September and November of last year.