Poll: 72% of children in Japan stressed over coronavirus pandemic


  • Japan
  • Saturday, 26 Sep 2020

School children wearing face masks attend a ceremony at an elementary school in Fukuoka. More than 70 per cent of schoolchildren in Japan feel stress as a result of the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to a survey by a state-run medical institute. - AFP

JAKARTA, Sept 26 (The Jakarta Post/ANN): More than 70 per cent of schoolchildren in Japan feel stress as a result of the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to a survey by a state-run medical institute, the Kyodo News reported on Saturday.

In response to a survey allowing multiple answers, 72 per cent of elementary, junior high and senior high school students said thinking about the virus made them feel bad or affected their concentration, according to the National Center for Child Health and Development.

Nine percent of respondents, meanwhile, reported sometimes hurting themselves or using violence against family members or pets.

The survey also found that 32 percent would not wish it to be known if they or their family members become infected with the virus, while 47 per cent believe most people would wish to keep it a secret.

Twenty-two per cent said they would not want to play or hang out with those who have contracted the virus, even once they recover.

The center, a major hospital in Japan specialising in pediatrics, perinatal care, obstetrics and maternal medicine, conducted the online survey from June 15 to July 26 to examine the impact the pandemic has had on children.

It collected answers from a total of 6,772 people -- 981 children aged between 7 and 17, as well as 5,791 adults who have children aged 17 or younger.

Commenting on the results, Mayumi Hangai, a pediatrician and researcher at the center, said parents should let children express their feelings freely rather than scolding them for being irritated, using violence or taking other actions.

"Because it is natural that children get irritated (amid the virus spread), parents should understand that such feelings come from stress," Hangai said.

"Parents' understanding would be the best way to reduce children's stress." - The Jakarta Post/Asian News Network
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