Title

A cultural lens on Yucatec Maya families’ COVID-19 experiences

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1-2021

Abstract

Health guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic led families around the world to spend more time isolated together, disrupting leisure activities, schooling, social interactions, and family work (UNICEF, 2021). Using the lens of Yucatec Maya families’ cultural values and practices, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 18 Yucatec Maya rural women in Mexico (Mage = 32; and for comparison, 13 middle-class European-American women (Mage = 41)), with children 6–7 years old, to analyze families’ experiences during the pandemic. Faced with the same isolation as in the United States, our exploratory analysis revealed Maya families experienced external stresses but at the same time were generally comfortable with their children's everyday activities and their social-emotional well-being, illuminating consequences of the communities’ cultural theories about development.

DOI

10.1111/cdev.13657

Publication Title

Child Development

Volume Number

92

Issue Number

5

First Page

e851

Last Page

e865

ISSN

00093920

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