Protheroe, J, Avila, M, Carter, B, Blake, L, Saron, H, Kirton, J, Novaes, D, Aguiar Alencar, R, Teixeira, T and Bray, L (2021) How parents share and limit their child’s access to information about COVID-19: a mixed methods online survey study. Journal of Child Health Care. ISSN 1367-4935

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This study aimed to understand the role that parents play in sharing or limiting their child’s access to information about Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). A subset of data from an international mixed-method online survey study was analyzed to elucidate the findings from Brazil. An online survey, conducted between April to June 2020, gathered closed and open text views from parents of children aged 7-12 years old. Quantitative data was analysed using descriptive statistics. Qualitative open text data were analysed using the three stages of the Bardin content analysis framework: pre-analysis (data organisation and initial full-content reading); exploration of the material (thematic coding to identify major motifs and develop thematic categories); and interpretation (treating the data as significant and valid). The sample consisted of 112 (89%) mothers and 14 (11%) fathers. The analysis of the parents open text resulted in two categories: ‘How parents share information with their children about COVID-19’ and ‘How parents limit information to their children about COVID-19’. Some parents reported adopting an honest and open approach on how they shared information with their children, whilst some parents chose to minimize their child’s access to information about the pandemic over concerns of the mortality related to COVID-19.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Child; COVID-19; health literacy; information literacy; pandemics; parents
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R735 Medical education. Medical schools. Research
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2021 14:33
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2021 09:52

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