Focus of report
This report provides cross-sectional data from 1949 parents/carers who completed the baseline questionnaire between 17/04/2020 and 31/05/2020.
In this report, we examined parent/carer mental health and wellbeing during lockdown and the relationship between child activities and parents’ mental health.
This was examined for:
Parent mental health and wellbeing.
- Proportion of parents with “normal”, “moderate” and “severe” DASS-21 subscale scores
- The correlation between parents’ DASS-21 subscales and the wellbeing scale
- Demographic differences in DASS-21 subscales:
- Parent gender
- Parent age
- Household income
- Parent ethnicity
- Number of children
- Parent working status
Association between parent/carer mental health and children’s play
- The correlation between the DASS total score and parents/carers’ perspective on children’s play
- The relationship between parent mental health and child activities:
- Spent time outside
- Take part in physical activity
- Playing outside
- Playing inside
- Playing a screen-based game
- Doing art or craft activities
- Watching a screen
- Contact with nature
- Parents from lower income households scored higher in the anxiety and depression DASS-21 subscales compared to parents from higher income households.
- Parents who stated that they were not currently employed scored higher on the anxiety and depression DASS-21 subscales.
- There is a moderate positive correlation between the DASS total score and parents’ worries about not doing enough with their pre-school child (r=0.41, p<.01) as well as stressfulness about keeping their pre-school child occupied (r=0.43, p<.01).
- There is a weak negative correlation between the DASS total score and having ideas about ways to play with their pre-schooler (r=-0.16, p<.01).
- There is a moderate negative correlation between the DASS total score and keeping their pre-schooler occupied (r=-0.3, p<.01).
- There’s no clear relationship between parent mental health and how their preschool-aged child was reported to spend their time.