The first year of Covid in Hong Kong left parents with symptoms of mental health problems, according to a new study, and experts found parents of special education needs kids had suffered more severely.
Researchers of the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists surveyed 633 parents who have kids in primary schools gauging their mental health conditions during Covid
in 2020; and found 13 percent of respondents showed disorders of depression with levels from moderate to severe.
Besides, around 13 percent of parents had anxiety, and 14 percent with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Six percent of parents claimed to suffer from all three symptoms.
The study also found that parents were at a higher risk of suffering mental health diseases if they had children with special education needs due to the epidemic.
Among parents who had children with autism spectrum disorder, 43 percent were diagnosed with moderate or major depression, 37 percent with different levels of anxiety, and 37 percent showed symptoms of PTSD.
The figure was worse for parents who had children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, as respondents presenting with moderate to severe depression, anxiety, and PTSD were 47, 47, and 49 percent.
"Suspension in schools not only undermined student’s learning and social interactions," said researchers, "the long periods for family members to stay at home also affected their relationships and caused extra pressures."