Webinar 4 – Perspectives of Parents and Family

28 October

9am – 10.30am (GMT)

Children “locked down”: voices, experiences and resources of children and families during and after the pandemic crisis. Insights from a survey with children and families in Lombardy region, Italy.

This session, taking the hard-hit Italian region of Lombardy, will explore how parents and family life have been affected by the COVID-19 epidemic. Parents have been required to juggle family and work life, home schooling, health challenges and many are struggling with feelings of confidence and self-efficacy in coping with the emergency. A new territory between families, educational services and health services has emerged and parents’ capacity to manage this new territory is very varied and the resources and support to help them adapt to new roles and responsibilities has been very uneven. This session will share developing knowledge of how parents and families are responding to these new demands and expectations.

Presenter: Asst. Prof. Dr Chiara Bove, University of Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The study was conducted by an interdisciplinary group of researchers affiliated with the Italian Society of Primary Care Pediatricians-Lombardia– Lombardy branch (SICuPP) and the R. Massa Department of Education at the University of Milano Bicocca (UNIMIB). Principal investigators/research leaders were: Marina Picca (SICuPP) and Susanna Mantovani (UNIMIB). Researchers who participated in the study were: Paolo Ferri, Andrea Mangiatordi, Donata Ripamonti, Guido Veronese of UNIMIB and Anna Cesa Bianchi, Claudio Cravidi, Danila Mariani, Angela Mezzopane, Roberto Marinello of SICuPP. We are also grateful for the valuable advice and support of SICuPP-Lombardy during the data collection phase of our research.

Discussion Panel:

  • Emela Achu Fenmachi, PhD Candidate, Division of Education at University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand; ECE Teacher
  • Prof. Dr João Formosinho, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal
  • Prof. Dr Yoichi Sakakihara MD, Director, Child Research Net (CRN); Professor, Graduate School of Ochanomizu University; President, Japanese Society of Child Science, Tokyo, Japan

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