Surveying child care workers across the country, gathering data on self-reported physical and mental health characteristics. They found that 45.7% of respondents screened positive for depression, and 66.5% reported moderate to high stress levels. These findings provide policymakers with important questions about how government can respond to this mental health crisis, given the importance of the services these child care workers provide.
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Prevalence of Chronic Diseases, Depression, and Stress among U.S. Child Care Professionals during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Jad A. Elharake, Mehr Shafiq, Ayse Cobanoglu, Amyn A. Malik, Madeline Klotz, John Eric Humphries, Thomas Murray, Kavin M. Patel, David Wilkinson, Inci Yildirim, Rachel Diaz, Rosalia Rojas, Anael Kuperwajs Cohen, Aiden Lee, Chin R. Reyes, Saad B. Omer, Walter S. Gilliam
medRxiv 2022.03.01.22271717; doi:https://doi.org/10.1101/2022.03.01.222717177