What psychological challenges do children and young people face amidst the time of COVID-19? In this podcast, Lillian Ng speaks with Hiran Thabrew and Melanie Woodfield about ways that families can support their children and adolescents.

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Lillian Ng is a Senior Lecturer in Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland.

Hiran Thabrew is a Senior Lecturer in Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland. He works as a paediatrician, child and adolescent psychiatrist, and researcher in e-health.

Melanie Woodfield is a clinical psychologist and researcher in parent wellbeing and child conduct disorders.



This interview originally aired on the Scholars’ Circle. To access our archive of episodes and download this interview, click here.

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Disclaimer: The views expressed in this discussion reflect the opinions of the guests and not necessarily the views of The Big Q. 

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