Parents who often stop classes under the epidemic are under stress

Parents who often stop classes under the epidemic are under stress

The recent rebound of the new crown pneumonia epidemic in Hong Kong has made people worry that the Hong Kong government could tighten epidemic prevention measures. The long-term closure of schools due to the epidemic earlier has intensified the pressure on parents. According to a study by the Hong Kong Academy of Psychiatry, during the third wave of the epidemic in Hong Kong two years ago, approximately 10% of parents suffered from symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder, and parents whose condition suffering children had special learning needs, almost half had symptoms of mental illness.

The academy recruited 633 parents from 8 primary schools between June 12 and November 4, 2020, during the third wave of the epidemic in Hong Kong, and asked them to fill in an online self-report, and found that 13% of parents who interviewed There were moderate to severe depressive symptoms, 13% of the parents had moderate to severe anxiety symptoms, and 14% of the parents had significant post traumatic stress disorder symptoms. Also, parents of children with special educational needs fared much worse. Among children with ADHD, 47% of parents had moderate to severe depressive symptoms, 47% had moderate to severe anxiety symptoms, and 49% had significant post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. Among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), 43 percent had moderate-to-severe depressive symptoms, 37 percent had moderate-to-severe anxiety symptoms, and 37 percent had significant post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.

Funded by the business community and foundations, the academy launched the two-year “School-Family Education Program – Phase II” in September this year, extending parent education course services from 6 primary schools in the first phase of the program to 12 primary schools. The school’s parents provide basic training, higher education workshops, peer support groups, one-on-one interviews with parents, as well as planning and professional guidance to properly follow up on parents’ needs and relieve parental pressure.

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