The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s conduct problems and callous-unemotional traits
White, Lauren K.
Wagner, Nicholas J.
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Citation (published version)Rebecca Waller, Tralucia Powell, Yuheiry Rodriguez, Natalie Corbett, Samantha Perlstein, Lauren K White, Ran Barzilay, Nicholas J Wagner. "The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children’s Conduct Problems and Callous-Unemotional Traits." Child Psychiatry & Human Development, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-020-01109-y
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered family life, but whether family exposures to and worries about the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted child conduct problems (CP) and callous-unemotional (CU) traits is unknown. Thus, we evaluated 303 parents (Mage = 38.04; SD = 5.21; 92.4% biological mothers) and children (Mage = 6.43; SD = 2.13; 51.8% female) during a four-month period early in the pandemic. We examined associations between parental exposures to COVID-19, parental worries about the pandemic, harsh and warm parenting practices, and child CP and CU traits. Although more parental worries were not directly related to parenting practices, more worry about COVID-19 was specifically related to higher levels of child CP, particularly parental worries about themselves or family members contracting the virus. Our findings add to a growing literature demonstrating the burden that the pandemic has placed on families and its implications for children’s mental health.