Sunday, April 9, 2023

Psychological briefing for children and adolescents during the quarantine period

Quarantine and Corona virus:

The quarantine period and the Corona virus are the topic of the hour today in all families, and the quarantine period is a very sensitive period for children and parents.

The worrying thing is not staying at home, but the fear of the unknown and the lack of a sense of security due to the suspension of all interests and the lack of knowing a specific time for the end of the crisis.
And the person became in a state of great fear for his health and the health of the family, and the financial situation represents an additional factor for psychological pressure, as well as the feeling of remorse and the inability to visit the family.

There is also fear for the working husband during this period, and for the possibility of him transmitting the infection to family members, in addition to a number of existential questions about the disease, why the person contracted it, and whether we can continue to live or not, and is it a test from God?
Therefore, there are many sources of fear due to the outbreak of the Corona virus, but on the other hand, there are many things that a person can control.

How can talk about the subject with children?

The current situation is not hidden from children, especially since they are out of school. Therefore, it is necessary to inform them of what is happening and explain the issue, but in a way that is in line with their age.
The matter must be clarified by simplifying it through concepts that the child knows, and not complex and new concepts that he is ignorant of.

The quarantine period also represents an important opportunity to revive some values such as love and fear for each other, by using means of prevention, washing hands, sterilizing all things that the father brings from the street, involving children in many activities, and making them express their feelings, especially fear, and expressing understanding of these feelings.

Quarantine effects on teens:

The effects of quarantine differ between children and adolescents, as children at the age of less than 6 and 7 years almost do not know what disease, virus, and transmission of infection mean, and for this group, the family protects them.

As for adolescence, it is a difficult and sensitive period, as the child’s relationship with his family becomes tense and becomes difficult. He also lives in a sensitive period in which there are many existential questions and self-discovery. In conjunction with the current epidemiological situation, adolescents become more inclined to isolate and search for the subject themselves, which is something unacceptable. recommended.

Attempt to dialogue with adolescents and encourage them to speak and explain the situation and confirm that the family is there to protect them and try to agree with them to limit the use of the Internet and not to research the subject.

How to simplify the topic for children:

Simplifying the subject and explaining it to the children is the responsibility of the parents, because the parents accept the trauma and then try to simplify it for the children through normal and balanced concepts without trivializing the subject or exaggerating it.

We must focus on the reaction of the parents and their view of the quarantine, which is very important, especially since the parents, in turn, are in a state of fluctuation because they do not know when the crisis will end and the future is uncertain.

We must review ourselves, reflect, take advantage of the quarantine opportunity, and do the things that we were unable to do before by achieving cohesion, changing the atmosphere, learning many things, and training to help at home.
This period will pass, but it must be used in a positive way.