COVID-19 and Family Distancing Efforts: Contextual Demographic and Family Conflict Correlates

Sesong Jeon, Daeyong Lee, Carl F. Weems

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Since the COVID-19 outbreak, family members have spent more time together at home. This study introduces the concept of “family distancing”—the efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus to family members. We explore which demographic characteristics are associated with family distancing efforts and how the family distancing efforts are associated with family conflicts. Survey data were collected from adults (N = 324, M = 37 years; SD = 10.5 years; 65.1% female) in Korea. We found that gender, education, marital status, physical health status, and number of family members who live together were significantly associated with family distancing efforts. In addition, lower compliance with the request for family distancing was significantly associated with a higher degree of negative emotions (i.e., anger), which in turn was associated with more family conflict. The findings highlight the potential importance of family distancing efforts to maintain health but also their potential to increase family conflict.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1662-1695
Number of pages34
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2023


  • anger
  • COVID-19
  • demographic characteristics
  • family conflict
  • family distancing


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