48% of children are afraid of loud noises because of the war – survey of mothers

48% of children are afraid of loud noises because of the war – survey of mothers

Sociologists presented a new survey about the problems of Ukrainian children during the full-scale war. 62% of the surveyed mothers reported that their children witnessed or experienced events related to the war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.

Now 25% of mothers consider their place of residence unsafe, compared to 21% in February 2023, according to a new survey conducted by the Rating Sociological Group.

79% of mothers rate their children’s physical health as “very good” or “good”, and 73% rate their children’s mental health.

At the same time, many children are afraid of loud sounds (48%), show irritability (37%).

“They don’t show full signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but the impact of war affects them in different ways,” – says the study.

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38% of mothers indicated that they need financial assistance, 14% need assistance in providing necessary food products, and 13% need non-food assistance (clothing, hygiene items, blankets, etc.).

54% of the surveyed mothers believe that the ability of Ukrainian parents to solve issues related to the upbringing and development of children has worsened compared to the times before the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine.

25% believe that nothing has changed. Only 15% noted improvement. Those whose financial situation is currently the worst were more likely to say it had worsened.

Mothers from Kyiv spoke most often about such difficulties – 67%. Among mothers with a high income, the feeling of deterioration was recorded in 41%, among low-income mothers – among 59%, with the lowest income – in 54%.

Sociologists also evaluated school attendance and the effectiveness of children’s education.

Mothers of 94% of children reported that schoolchildren study full-time or in a mixed form of education (92% in February 2023).

Of the 6% who do not attend school at all, 40% do not attend due to the closure of their local school; 60% – due to concern for the child’s safety.

More than 55% of students use a computer or laptop as an additional learning tool.

Sociologists note that school attendance has improved significantly since the previous survey was conducted in February 2023, and the main reason for absenteeism is children’s illnesses.

On average, 3 out of 4 mothers positively assessed the success and quality of the education received.

The survey was conducted by the Sociological group “Rating” on the order of the “Ukraine Children’s Action Project” project from October 29 to November 2, 2023.

Where possible, responses were compared to a similar survey conducted in February 2023.

2,000 mothers of children aged 3-17 took part in the survey in all regions, except for the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas, as well as territories where there is no Ukrainian mobile service at the time of the survey.

The error of representativeness of the study with a confidence probability of 0.95: no more than 2.2%.

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