Essential Report

Effect of Covid-19 lockdowns on adults and children

Jul 6, 2021

Q. Thinking about Covid-19 lockdowns across Australia, to what extent are you concerned about the effect of these lockdowns on the following?

TOTAL: Concerned TOTAL:

Not concerned

Very concerned Moderately concerned Not that concerned Not concerned at all Base (n)
My mental wellbeing 50% 50% 19% 31% 28% 21% 1,099
My personal relationships 39% 61% 15% 25% 32% 28% 1,099
My work-life balance

[ASKED ONLY TO THOSE STILL IN PAID WORK SINCE COVID-19]

49% 51% 18% 31% 34% 17% 507
My child(ren)’s mental wellbeing

[ASKED ONLY TO THOSE WHO HAVE DEPENDENT CHILDREN]

59% 41% 27% 33% 23% 17% 433
My child(ren) developing behavioural issues

[ASKED ONLY TO THOSE WHO HAVE DEPENDENT CHILDREN]

49% 51% 21% 29% 27% 23% 433
My child(ren) falling behind in their learning at school

[ASKED ONLY TO THOSE WHO HAVE DEPENDENT CHILDREN]

55% 45% 23% 32% 22% 23% 433
  • Half of people say the Covid-19 lockdowns are giving them concern for their mental health (50% either very, or moderately concerned). There is less concern for the effect on personal relationships (39% concerned).
  • Of those in paid employment, 49% say they are concerned that the Covid-19 lockdowns are impacting their work-life balance.
  • Among those with dependent children in the household, 59% say they are concerned for the mental wellbeing of their children, 55% are concerned their children are falling behind at school, and 49% are concerned about their children developing behavioural issues.

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