“People Will Continue to Suffer If the Virus Is Around”: A Qualitative Analysis of Sub-Saharan African Children’s Experiences during the COVID-19 Pandemic

dc.contributor.authorKallander, Samantha Watters
dc.contributor.authorGordon, Rebecca
dc.contributor.authorBorzekowski, Dina L.G.
dc.date.accessioned2023-10-31T15:21:00Z
dc.date.available2023-10-31T15:21:00Z
dc.date.issued2021-05-25
dc.description.abstractChildren are particularly impressionable and at risk during a global public health crisis, making it important to examine their unique perspectives. To hear and understand sub-Saharan African children’s experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic, we conducted an exploratory qualitative analysis based on interviews with 51 children, ages 9 to 13, from Nigeria, Tanzania, and Sierra Leone. Applying the organization of Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory, we reveal how COVID-19 affected children’s daily lives and domestic challenges, schooling and neighborhood issues, media use (and its relationship to knowledge and fear of the disease), perceptions of the country and government response, and thoughts of religion and hope. Children’s responses differed greatly, but patterns emerged across sex, age, household size, religion, and country. This study offers guidance and recommendations for meeting the needs of children, especially in times of crisis.
dc.description.urihttps://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115618
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/dspace/dkx5-87vy
dc.identifier.citationKallander, S.W.; Gordon, R.; Borzekowski, D.L.G. “People Will Continue to Suffer If the Virus Is Around”: A Qualitative Analysis of Sub-Saharan African Children’s Experiences during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 5618.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/31232
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherMDPI
dc.relation.isAvailableAtSchool of Public Healthen_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtPublic & Community Healthen_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, MD)en_us
dc.subjectCOVID-19
dc.subjectqualitative analysis
dc.subjectchild development
dc.subjecthealth communication
dc.subjectsub-Saharan Africa
dc.title“People Will Continue to Suffer If the Virus Is Around”: A Qualitative Analysis of Sub-Saharan African Children’s Experiences during the COVID-19 Pandemic
dc.typeArticle
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