How societal responses to COVID-19 could contribute to child neglect

Bérubé, A., Clément, ME., Lafantaisie, V. LeBlanc, A., Barone, M., Picher, G., Turgeon, J., Ruiz-Casares, M., Lacharité, C. (2020)

Child Abuse and Neglect


  • COVID-19 lockdown left parents as the sole respondents for their children’s needs.
  • We examine parents’ reports on the response their child received to their needs during the lockdown.
  • Parents of older children reported less fulfillment of children’s needs.
  • Societies must ensure pandemics do not create context for child neglect.