On March 11th, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 crisis a worldwide pandemic. Source: Jakayla Toney/Unsplash On March 11th, 2020, the world watched in great sadness as the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 crisis a global pandemic. For many communities and societies around the world, the month of March brings with it the reminder of how the COVID-19 pandemic turned our world upside down. This anniversary may bring a range of reactions for many including sadness, grief , disbelief, anger , anxiety , fatigue, overwhelm, depression , along with several other responses. After a year of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, many may be wondering, why am I experiencing this now? As a therapist who specializes in working with survivors of trauma, I have worked with several clients who have experienced distress surrounding the anniversary of a traumatic incident or loss. Even after decades of meaningful work and healing, I have seen how … [Read more...] about Navigating the Anniversary of the COVID-19 Pandemic
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This post was written by Christina M. Rodriguez, Ph.D. (This is Part 2 of a series on parenting during COVID. See Part 1 here .) Why might child maltreatment rise during the pandemic? Warning sirens blared loudly at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic: Will children be safe at home? For some families, parents may appreciate extra time at home with their children. But for other families, the pandemic brought massive economic turmoil. Parents were abruptly cut off from resources—separated from extended family, friends, and childcare support. Children were out of school, away from structure, friends, and—critically—away from the oversight of teachers. Child maltreatment often rises after natural disasters (Seddighi et al., 2019) and economic downturns like the Great Recession (Brooks-Gunn et al., 2013). Unemployment, food insecurity, and financial stress increase parents’ risk of child maltreatment (Slack et al., 2011). Such economic pressure can strain parents’ … [Read more...] about Children at Risk for Maltreatment During COVID-19 Pandemic
Have you ever been in the process of filling out a form only to arrive at the question about marital status. “Why are they asking?” might be your first reaction—particularly if you are unmarried. Never mind the separate issue about why they are asking if you are “single” versus “ divorced .” Unless such a distinction is relevant to the reason you are filling out the application in the first place, many people don’t think past failed relationships should be anybody else’s business. But perhaps the most immediate question, is why the defensiveness in the first place? After all, as I note in a previous column , many single women are blissfully happy. But not everyone. Singles stigma is significant because they compromise a large portion of society. Source: Image by StockSnap from Pixabay The Rise of Singleness Alexandra N. Fisher and John K. Sakaluk (2020)[i] note that within the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and many Scandinavian countries, … [Read more...] about Is There a Stigma to Being Single?
Source: Darren Baker/Shutterstock If I wanted to know how people who are not married are doing when they reach the age of 65 and beyond, I would ask them about the joys and successes of their lives, as well as their challenges and difficulties. But social scientists haven’t often viewed single seniors as people who are psychologically strong and resilient , so instead they study only the “strains” in their lives. Nonetheless, I’m grateful for a study that does not toss all unmarried people into the same bin, but instead asks about the experiences of the different kinds of unmarried people. Among seniors, who experiences single life as especially difficult? Is it the lifelong single people, who never got a taste of marriage ? Or is it the widowed people or maybe the divorced ? Do Blacks or Whites experience more “single strain”? Does it depend on whether we are talking about women or men? What counts as “single strain”? The researchers conducted face-to-face … [Read more...] about Do Lifelong Singles Fare Better Later in Life?
Is it just me, or does it feel like the pandemic has been dragging on for years? I was gobsmacked to realise that the first death from COVID-19 in the U.S. was r eported no more than 12 months ago . Since then, the U.S. death toll has increased by over half a million, and life as we knew it has come to an abrupt and painful halt. A major challenge in managing the pandemic has been the timely identification of infected patients—including those with no symptoms—to prevent them from spreading the virus to others. While different diagnostic tests are available, most are time-consuming and expensive . Some medical tests do more harm than good Source: United Nations Covid-19 Response/Unsplash Rapid Diagnostic Tests With standard diagnostic tests requiring analysis in the lab and thereby introducing delays, the recent development of rapid lateral flow tests has been the cause of much optimism . These terrific little test kits are easy to administer and produce … [Read more...] about Why Testing for Disease Isn’t Always a Good Idea