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Title

CoViD-19 effects on social-emotional development: Putative underlying mechanisms

 

Authors

Michelle Rodriguez-Monge1 & Francesco Chiappelli2,3,*

 

Affiliation

1Costa Rican Institute of Clinical Research, San Jos, Costa Rica; Stars Therapy Services, San Diego, CA 91913, 2Dental Group of Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, USA), 3Center for the Health Sciences, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA; 90095, *Corresponding author

 

E-mail

Michelle Rodriguez-Monge - E-mail: michirodriguez00@gmail.com

Francesco Chiappelli - E-mail: Chiappelli.research@gmail.com

 

Article Type

Editorial

Date

Received October 1, 2023; Revised October 31, 2023; Accepted October 31, 2023, Published October 31, 2023

 

Abstract

Early childhood is the timely and critical period in the growth of the human being when the trajectory of children's holistic development is traced, and the foundation for their future as well-established and productive adults is set. The CoViD-19 pandemic produced profound changes in everyday life almost everywhere in the world. The personal, social and societal restrictions imposed during the CoViD-19 pandemic unquestionably blunted early childhood development by depriving young children from normal and healthy attachments through secure relationships with parents, teachers and peers. Furthermore, the public health measures enacted to counter the spread of the pandemic (e.g., mandatory masking, lockdown) contributed to a lack of social interactions essential for childhood development, and provoked perceptions of psycho-emotional stress (e.g., objective fear of the masked interlocutor, perceived fear of abandonment) in the children, which may have hampered critical periods of development. Based on theoretical foundation and our observations in the field, we propose that early intervention support may have a significant impact on the development of children victims of the effect of the CoViD-19 pandemic.

 

Keywords

CoViD-19, Critical Period hypothesis, Vygotsky's zone of proximal development, Piaget's developmental stages, Bowlby's attachment theory

 

Citation

Rodriguez-Monge & Chiappelli, Bioinformation 19(10): 987-989 (2023)

 

Edited by

P Kangueane

 

ISSN

0973-2063

 

Publisher

Biomedical Informatics

 

License

This is an Open Access article which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. This is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.