There have been several studies over the past two years about the stress that couples have been under given the pandemic, shutdowns and overall uncertainty in today’s climate. The past two years has also been difficult and trying for minors as well. A recent survey by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention showed that teenagers reported enduring put-downs, insults and other emotional abuse from adults in their homes during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020. The CDC’s acting principal deputy director stated that “the COVID-19 pandemic has created traumatic stressors that can have the potential to further erode a student’s mental wellbeing. Results from the CDC survey showed that 55% of the minors interviewed stated that they were cursed at or suffered verbal insults from an adult in the home. Additionally, 11% stated that they have been physically abused and 66% found it difficult to complete their schoolwork during the pandemic. The increase in these incidents has also led to concerns about the mental health of children.
Based on the study and the interviews conducted a connection between the pandemic and the upward trend in emotional and abusive treatment appeared evident. It should also be noted that law enforcement reported a significant increase in the number of domestic violence cases between spouses during this period. The increase in these incidents of emotional abuse and domestic violence has also been shown to have a correlation to the increase in the divorce rates amongst couples.
Anytime there are stressors in a person’s life the affected person can being taking it out on other persons in the home. This can not only manifest itself in the form of ill-treatment towards a spouse but towards a child as well. Some tips for couples dealing with stress whether it is the pandemic, work-related stress or health issues include:
- Maintain open discussions in the household (it is important to ensure that everyone is on the same page. Most arguments start because of a misunderstanding or a letdown of expectations)
- Focus on enjoying personal time together and apart
- Don’t hold grudges (it isn’t productive to have the same argument over and over again)
- Consider therapy (having the advice and counsel can be helpful, especially if both parties approach it with an open mind)
- Practice patience
It is important to track statistics related to these household experiences as it will give us an opportunity to focus our attention where it is needed. Any stress or difficult obstacle can be hard for couples to navigate through, especially if they were experiencing prior relationship difficulty. The Faucette Law Firm helps clients navigate through all matters related to child support, child custody, contested and uncontested divorce, alimony and modifications. We serve Atlanta, Cobb, Fulton, Douglas, Fayette, Gwinnett and Dekalb. Contact our law firm today for a consultation.