2020: Parental Love During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Parental Love During the COVID-19 Pandemic
AYA project leader: Eddie Brummelman

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted children’s lives. Faced with quarantine, school closures, and social distancing, many children are deprived of the everyday social experiences that normally build their feeling of being loved by others. Feeling loved is a fundamental psychological need that emerges early in development, is shared across cultures, and is a critical ingredient of mental and physical health. How can we ensure that children feel loved by others, especially during times of crisis? This project developed an experimental task that leads children to feel more loved by their parents, studying underlying mechanisms (e.g., what happens in parent-child interactions during the experimental task that makes children feel more loved). Based on this understanding the project hopes to provide parents with guidance on how to make children feel more loved during this challenging period.