COVID-19 affecting marital and family stress
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COVID-19 stressing families

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Three months ago the majority of us were suddenly thrust into our homes with a lot of “together time” in store. For some this may have been a blessing and for others it may have caused some problems.

Dr. Stacy Ikard from Cornerstone Counseling Center in Huntsville says she’s seen an increase in marital and family stress since the start of the pandemic. Unfortunately, even with the state reopening, those tensions aren’t letting up for everyone.

Ikard says much of the tension among families the past few months stems from job loss and being around each other more than usual.

Families are also having disagreements about COVID-19 rules such as if it’s safe to go out to certain places, and whether or not to wear a mask in public.

Overall, Ikard says family and marital stress has increased since the start of the pandemic but the disagreements have shifted to other areas.

Ikard says she’s also seen an increase in domestic violence. This pertains to children as well, who don’t have teachers and counselors regularly checking in on them like they may normally have.

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