Health and Psychosocial Needs of Saudi Children During COVID-19 Outbreak
Author(s): Thamer Alshami Alruwaili*
Introduction: Psychological needs constitute the basic part of the individual ’ s psychological formation and affects personality and behaviour the current study aimed at identifying the health and psychosocial needs of Saudi children during COVID-19 outbreak in Jouf city, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Methods: The study sample consisted of 205 mothers who responded about their early adolescent children, as they were 90 mothers for male children and 105 mothers for female children. The study was applied during the COVID-19 outbreak affected the whole world and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The study adopted a developed, valid, and reliable health and psychosocial needs scale that consisted of 42 items distributed over four domains.
Results: The study findings revealed that the children health and psychosocial needs from the perspectives of their mothers were at a moderate degree, either in the total score or in the health, psychosocial or academic needs, and there were no significant differences in the children’s health and psychosocial needs from the perspectives of their mothers due to the variables of gender or class level.
Conclusion: Based on the findings of this study, the study recommended the introduction of familial programs to the children to exploit and organize their spare time and increase their outdoor physical activities.