The COVID-19 pandemic was a challenging time in the lives of many individuals and families. But were its effects negative for all families or did some families maintain their level of well-being, or even experience improvements in it, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? A recent study led by Extension Specialist Allen Barton sought to answer this question.
In September of 2022, approximately two and half years after the onset of the pandemic, a nationwide sample of nearly 600 adults living in the United States were surveyed. Individuals were asked how aspects of their family life had changed as a result of the pandemic. Individuals answered this question with respect to changes in their marriage (or current romantic relationship), in their relationship with their child(ren), in their immediate family as a whole (those they live with), and in their relationships with extended family.