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Navsaria on Good Morning America: Strong relationships help children counter psychosocial challenges of the pandemic

Dipesh Navsaria, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies and Outreach Faculty Fellow for the Child Development Lab, discussed implications of data from the U.S. Census Bureau showing that during the pandemic, parents have shared more weekly meals with children ages 17 and under and read to their children more often.

“One of the strongest things that we have to help counter the psychosocial challenges of the pandemic, and of life in general, is strong relationships,” Navsaria told “Good Morning America.” “Strong, supportive, nurturing relationships are really the cornerstone of what we look at when we wonder, even amidst of adversity of whatever type, what children’s long-term life course looks like.”

“So when I look at data like this and I see that families are spending time with one another connecting … it tells us that families are reacting and responding to the pandemic in exactly the ways that the evidence backs up, which is to strengthen their bonds and their relationships with one another,” he said.

Source: “Families ate meals together, read together more often during pandemic, data shows” by Katie Kindelan via Good Morning America on January 5, 2022 at 3:48 PM EST.