FAMILY DIFFICULTIES AND CHILD STRESS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC: DOES RELIGIOUS COPING MATTER AMONG MOTHERS?

  • Raihana Nadra Alkaff Yayasan Masyarakat Peduli Anak Indonesia, Depok, 16412, Indonesia.
  • Dieta Nurrika Study Program of Public Health, Banten School of Health Science, South Tangerang, 15318, Indonesia.
  • Marnaria A Martinis Yayasan Masyarakat Peduli Anak Indonesia, Depok, 16412, Indonesia.
  • Julie Rostina Yayasan Masyarakat Peduli Anak Indonesia, Depok, 16412, Indonesia.
  • Dela Aristi Program Studi Kesehatan Masyarakat, Fakultas Ilmu Kesehatan, UIN Syarif Hidyatullah Jakarta, South Tangerang, 15419, Indonesia.
Keywords: Coping strategies, COVID-19, stress syndrome, faith-based organizations, religions

Abstract

Mothers’ stressors have increased due to the challenges faced by their families’ difficulties and children’s stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mothers’ conditions and coping strategies have become important to be identified so that solutions may be found and family resilience may be instilled. The present study is aimed to understand mothers’ perceptions towards family difficulties, children's stress, and religious coping throughout Indonesia during the COVID-19 pandemic. A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted among 473 mothers with children 7-15 years old living throughout 22 provinces in Indonesia between October and December 2020. Data collection was carried out online using a questionnaire utilizing Google Forms, which was shared via social media networks. The data were analyzed using the descriptive and chi-squared tests. This study found that 62.8% of mothers perceive that their family is going through difficulties, and 55% of children experience stress. Mothers’ religious coping was evident through regular prayers (96.6% respondents) and joining online faith-based communities (43.6% respondents). Respondents with family difficulties were more likely to practice regularly praying and to participate in online faith-based communities. Also, respondents     who had children’s stress symptoms were more likely to practice regularly praying. Religious coping is one of the options that mothers can use as a means to regulate individual stressors. Increasing a mother’s knowledge and skills in performing coping mechanisms may be achieved through religious coping and other effective alternative solutions.

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Published
2022-08-20
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Alkaff, R. N., Nurrika, D., Martinis, M. A., Rostina, J., & Aristi, D. (2022). FAMILY DIFFICULTIES AND CHILD STRESS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC: DOES RELIGIOUS COPING MATTER AMONG MOTHERS? . Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 22(2), 135-145. Retrieved from http://mjphm.org/index.php/mjphm/article/view/1689
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