Parenthood during the COVID-19 pandemic: Post-traumatic growth amongst university students

Anna Harwood-Gross*, Yoav S. Bergman, Ruth Pat-Horenczyk, Miriam Schiff, Rami Benbenishty

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This study sought to investigate a positive dimension of coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, that of post-traumatic growth (PTG). This study investigated coping difficulties and PTG amongst parent and nonparent students in Israeli Universities. A total of 4022 parents (3648 Jews and 374 Palestinian-Arab Citizens [PACs]) and 14,651 nonparents (12,010 Jews and 2641 PACs) completed measures of coping, social support and PTG. Parents demonstrated significantly higher levels of coping and PTG. Amongst parents, fathers coped slightly better than mothers; however, while Jewish mothers demonstrated greater PTG than Jewish fathers, PAC fathers had significantly greater PTG than both PAC mothers and Jewish parents. These findings, while specific to COVID-19, indicate that PTG should be studied in greater depth in different ethnic and minority groups in order to develop enhanced understanding and facilitate promotion of post-traumatic growth, in addition to the prevention of COVID-19-related distress.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1608-1623
Number of pages16
JournalFamily Process
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2023

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  • coronavirus
  • ethnicity
  • parenthood
  • post-traumatic growth


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