Addressing the psychological and emotional impact of the COVID 19 pandemic for children, families, and healthcare staff

The impact of the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic goes beyond the threat of infection and physical disease.  This evolving situation also has a psychological and emotional impact.

All children and families face disruption and changes to normal life.  Families with a child who has an existing health condition may have particular stressors and worries. 

Frontline healthcare staff are experiencing stressful, and often distressing, challenges in their work and professional roles – while they deal with disruptions in their personal life as well.

Our aim is to provide useful tools for healthcare staff and for families that can:

  • aid in understanding the stress and potential traumatic stress related to the pandemic, and
  • promote coping and resilience.

What you’ll find here:

Resources for children and families - Learn how to help your child cope, downloadable tipsheets, and additional resources. 

Resources for healthcare staff - Learn how stress of the pandemic impacts healthcare staff, how to build coping and resilience skills, and signs of secondary traumatic stress. 

COVID-19 Exposure and Family Impact Scale (CEFIS)

The COVID-19 Exposure and Family Impact Scale (CEFIS) is a brief caregiver report measure of the impact of the COVID pandemic on families of children with pediatric health conditions. It is intended for use in ongoing and new research studies but may also be clinically applicable. It is available in English and Spanish and may be obtained from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..