NEW DATA INSIGHTS
The Mental Health of Young Parents During COVID-19 and Beyond
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the mental health and well-being of parents and families across the United States. While we don’t yet know the pandemic’s differential effect on teen and young parents, research highlights the additional challenges and burdens facing young parents and young adults more broadly, before and during the pandemic.
Prior to COVID-19, researchers found that mental health challenges are 4 times higher among young mothers compared to their peers and mothers over the age of 21. The pandemic has brought a new set of challenges for parents, who are reporting increased levels of stress as they navigate juggling work, childcare and schooling demands. We also know that pandemic-related job losses have hit young women particularly hard, with unemployment further increasing for young Black and Latina women.
This infographic reviews what we know about the burdens facing young parents and produces solutions that can support them during the pandemic and beyond.
Resources to support young parents and mental health:
Additional NIHCM Resources
View NIHCM’s recent webinar on early childhood development and the impact of COVID-19 on children and families.
View NIHCM’s infographic series on adverse childhood experiences, the challenges facing children and families during the pandemic and actionable guidance to nurture resilience and support caregivers and parents.
View NIHCM’s recent infographic on the impact of the pandemic on workplace mental health and strategies for employees and employers to improve mental health and well-being.