The family role in adolescents protection: Evidence from pre and amid Covid-19 in Qatar

Sharifa AlEmadi, Ahmed Aref, Heba Al Fara

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Evidence from different regions confirms that parents are playing a larger role in protecting their children from behavioral deviations. The family unit, when functioning well, represents a responsible and healthy environment for child development. Despite the importance given to this relational nexus, evidence from the MENA region remains limited in this regard, especially among the adolescent age group. Through quantitative evidence collected from adolescents themselves, this article explores the role that parents play in adolescent protection, investigating the risk and protective factors before and during Covid-19 in Qatar. Periodical comparative analysis is meant to provide scientific measurement on how Covid-19 positively and negatively impacted parental functions and adolescents’ attitudes. Results confirm enhanced quality parenting, reduced domestic violence, better relational ties and parental emotional support, yet evidence raises concern on digital addiction and fatherhood engagement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-31
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Social Science Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2023


  • Family
  • Adolescents
  • Protection
  • Parenting
  • Covid-19
  • Qatar
  • GCC


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