More than half of Canadian parents say the COVID-19 pandemic is having a negative impact on their children, according to a new report.
Recruitment company Lifeworks announced on August 17th in the monthly magazine. mental health index It found that 56% of Canadians said the pandemic had worsened their children’s mental health and development in the past two years.
“When it comes to the turmoil and isolation of the pandemic, the mental health of children has been greatly impacted. Not surprisingly, this has had a huge impact on parents and families as a result,” said Lifeworks President and CEO. CEO Steven Liptrap said in an August 17 email. press release.
According to the report, Canadian children face a range of negative impacts that affect their self-confidence, how they relate to others, and their ability to learn.
Of the 3,000 respondents who took an online survey in preparation for the report, 27% of parents said they were worried about their child’s future.
Additionally, 24% noticed a decline in their child’s social development, and 23% said the pandemic had a negative impact on their child’s academic development.
“Social development is affected almost equally among children aged 2 to 18,” the report said.
Of those children who experienced anxiety, those aged 15 and older had higher levels of anxiety than the Canadian average, the report said, adding that the “greatest adverse effects” on mental health were among children aged 10 to 14. It was reported, he added.
According to the report, only 39% of respondents said the pandemic had had no significant impact on their children, while 5% said the impact was positive.
Riptrap said it is important for organizations to focus on parental needs and employee and family support programs when considering staff health support.
“These resources are critical to ensuring that our employees and their families can thrive, which benefits those families, employers and society at large,” he said.
The LifeWorks online survey was conducted from July 7th to July 12th in English and French, and all respondents resided in Canada and were employed within the last six months.