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Between a rock and a hard place: As the country reopens, households with young children are forced to choose between income and family safety

Balancing work and family life can be challenging for households with young children. The pandemic has increased these difficulties. Our data suggest that many families are trying to fill the gaps created by loss of childcare by caring for their child themselves while continuing to work or relying on family members or neighbors. Although we found that these arrangements are associated with significantly increased stress and mental health difficulties for both adults and children, it does not appear that reopening will necessarily result in households choosing to return to their prior arrangements. (author abstract)
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United States

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