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The Impact of COVID-19 on Anxiety and Worries for Families of Individuals with Special Education Needs and Disabilities in the UK

Sideropoulos, V.; Dukes, D.; Hanley, M.; Palikara, O.; Rhodes, S.; Riby, D.M.; Samson, A.C.; Van Herwegen, J.

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Authors

V. Sideropoulos

D. Dukes

O. Palikara

S. Rhodes

D.M. Riby

A.C. Samson

J. Van Herwegen



Abstract

COVID-19 has affected people across the world. The current study examined anxiety and worries during the first UK national lockdown in March 2020. Parents (n = 402) reported on their own anxiety and worries as well as that of their son/daughter with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and typically developing (TD) child (n = 186) at three time points. Although both groups showed increased anxiety across the three time points, levels of anxiety in the SEND group, but not the TD siblings, were predicted by awareness about COVID-19. In addition, worries differed between the groups showing that COVID-19 impacts the wellbeing of those with SEND differently to that of their TD siblings.

Citation

Sideropoulos, V., Dukes, D., Hanley, M., Palikara, O., Rhodes, S., Riby, D., …Van Herwegen, J. (2022). The Impact of COVID-19 on Anxiety and Worries for Families of Individuals with Special Education Needs and Disabilities in the UK. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 52(6), 2656-2669. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-021-05168-5

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 24, 2021
Online Publication Date Jul 1, 2021
Publication Date 2022-06
Deposit Date Oct 6, 2021
Publicly Available Date Nov 11, 2021
Journal Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Print ISSN 0162-3257
Electronic ISSN 1573-3432
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Issue 6
Pages 2656-2669
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-021-05168-5

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