Juggling distance and hybrid education - the mental health impacts on 61,000 parents

In recognition of World Mental Health Day earlier this month (October 10th), the ministries of education in El Salvador (MINED) and Costa Rica (MEP) and the institute of family wellbeing in Colombia (ICBF) joined forces with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to explore parents’ experiences of emergency distance education.

The results weren't surprising --

The additional burden on parents comes at the cost of decreased mental health -- 85% of caregivers in the survey report at least one symptom of distress, calculated based on the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CESD-R).

Read more about the findings here: https://blogs.iadb.org/salud/en/mental-health-parents/