A recent report published by the COVID-19 Family Study offers reassurance to families in the Netherlands. It finds that the mental health of parents gradually improved during the first lockdown. They gained more confidence in their parenting abilities, while their children’s emotional and behavioural problems also improved.
Nicole Creasey, who leads the project and is completing her PhD at the University of Amsterdam, studies how parenting programmes affect children’s development.
Below, she explains why she decided to take on this project, how its findings last year compare to more recent data, and how she wants to collaborate with other researchers to target families who need more support.