Published: 8 January 2021 at 14:25
ARU psychologists to offer practical advice about contamination fears
Psychologists from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) will discuss the issue of children’s COVID-19 contamination fears – and offer practical advice about how parents and carers can help – during a free public online event on Thursday, 14 January (7-8pm).
There has been a rise in reports of mental distress amongst people of all ages since the start of the pandemic. A study from the US published in October found that a sample of young adults showed a rise in washing symptoms, coronavirus-related anxiety, and a considerable increase in fears of being contaminated, as well as behaviours directed towards feeling safer.
Building on their own academic research and clinical experience, Dr Sharon Morein, Dr Debora Vasconcelos e Sa and Dr Dora Bernardes will provide examples of the kind of concerns some young people may express, discuss what can be done to help as well as what should be avoided, and answer questions from the online audience.
Dr Morein, a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at ARU, said:
The online public event on 14 January is free to attend but places must be reserved at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/helping-your-child-with-contamination-related-concerns-tickets-130574641267