To assist couples, families and psychologists who work with them, Div. 43 has compiled the resources below. You may also find additional information on APA’s parenting and caregiving resources page as well as on APA’s information hub about COVID-19.
How to talk to children about COVID-19 and physical distancing
The following resources are provided by Div. 43 to assist parents and other caregivers in discussing the importance of physical distancing with kids.
- Parents and COVID-19: Helping your children
- Harvard Health Publishing (for children)
- Harvard Health Publishing (for teens)
- National Association of School Psychologists
- Sesame Street Caring for Each Other
- Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
- COVIBOOK: This short book was written to support and reassure children, under the age of seven, regarding the COVID-19. It is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation.
- Psychological first aid for children and parents: Helping you and your child in times of disaster
- Tips from children to make home life easier during social distancing and confinement
Resources for caregivers
Whether caring for a spouse, parent, child, relative or friend, these resources can provide advice, assistance and additional resources.
- Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers: COVID-19 resources
- Calming anxious kids
- Stop face touching
- Getting children to exercise
- Grief for two: How spouses can mourn COVID-19 losses together
- How caregivers can feel calm and competent during the pandemic
- Why couples need more, not less, togetherness during the COVID-19 outbreak
- Keeping caregiver spirits high during the COVID-19 outbreak
- Caregivers and COVID-19: Dealing with forced isolation
Building family resilience
The Family Resiliency Center at the University of Illinois offers resources to help families increase their capacity to cope with stress in times of adversity. New evidence-based briefs are published online every Wednesday.