Support for Families During COVID-19 in Spain: The iCygnus Online Tool for Parents

Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2022 Aug;53(4):808-821. doi: 10.1007/s10578-021-01172-z. Epub 2021 Apr 17.


On March 14, 2020 one of the strictest confinements in Europe was imposed on the citizens of Spain. The online tool for parents, iCygnus, was designed to reduce the psychological impact generated by the pandemic on the child population (2-12 years of age) through automatic recommendations to parents based on individual responses about their parenting styles and their child's characteristics. The profiles of the 710 families indicate a higher prevalence of internalizing and externalizing behavior problems in children, as well as a relationship between punitive parenting in families where the parents lost their jobs due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The usefulness of the help offered by iCygnus was evaluated after 6 weeks, and almost 80% of the families indicated that they used the recommendations and that they helped them in their relationship with their children.

Keywords: Conduct problems; ICygnus; Support for families.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Child
  • Child Behavior* / psychology
  • Humans
  • Parenting / psychology
  • Parents / psychology
  • Spain / epidemiology