On Wednesday, May 6 2020 Puskas BAZNAS held a webinar discussing the topic of family resilience during a pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the world and caused for  many lives to adapt towards the new changes. Families which are considered the smallest social unit of society have also been impacted by the pandemic. Therefore, Puskas BAZNAS has invited Prof. DR. Ir. Euis Sunarti, M.Si to discuss the topic of family resilieince during a pandemic.

The discussion was moderated by Hidayaneu Farchatunnisa S.E., a researcher at Puskas BAZNAS. According to Prof. Euis, several characteristics of a resilient family are strong values which are agreed upon by all family members, capable of overcoming pressure and challenges, and capable of managing physical and non-physical resources within the family. According to a research conducted by Prof. Euis, 67% of respondents stated that they fear the pandemic will endager their families. 53% of the repsondents stated that they have savings that are enough to sustain the lives of their families for less than 2 months time.

Therefore, there are three main latent components of a family according to Prof. Euis which consist of physical economics, social, and psychological components. Of these three components, the economic component is the component that has the most severe impact during the pandemic. Middle to lower economic households struggle to sustain their families. Therefore a solution proposed by Prof. Euis is for families with higher economic income to contribute by donating social aids to those in need. Prof. Euis also proposed several solutions for social and psychological impacts of the pandemic. Families should increase good communication and express their love and care for one another. Understanding and predicting potential pressures or conflicts are also important to maintain the resilience of the family.

 

Rep: Puskas BAZNAS