New Delhi: A joint study by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and the Child Rights and You showed that nearly 50 percent of children surveyed experienced trauma during the Kovid-19 epidemic and a lower family income was associated with greater stress .
For the study “Understanding Children’s Experience during the Kovid-19 Epidemic: Stress, Resilience, Support and Adaptation”, over 800 children aged 9 to 17 were surveyed in 13 cities and towns. While more than half of the children (60%) reported feeling happy, and the majority of them reported having good quality of food (78.9%) and sleep (74.9%), nearly half of the children (48.7%) reported That his routine was “changed a lot”.
A considerable percentage reported feeling anxious (41.9%) or bored (45.2%) and some also stated that they would like to resume normal life. In addition, a lower monthly family income per head was associated with a higher stress or trauma response. Broadly speaking, children whose parents lacked job security (were unemployed or worked as laborers) and had little or no education in this group.
Financial problems at home were the most commonly cited strain (26%), followed by uncertainty about when Kovid-19 would end (24%), and concern about contracting the virus (23.5%). While there was no gender or age difference in the experience of stress, lower family income was associated with greater stress.