Mental disorders against the background of different strategies of government regulation to counter the spread of COVID-19



The article includes a literary review of scientific works devoted to the study of specific features of the motivational and personal sphere of mothers with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), published in a number of countries in Africa and the Middle East. The author describes the difficulties faced by mothers in the process of education and treatment of their autistic children in these regions of the world; provides statistics on the extension of autism among the child population in South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Iran. The article presents studies assessing the degree of influence of religious and cultural aspects on the parents’ perception of their "special" children in Israel and Somalia.

General Information

Keywords: autism, family, mothers, cultural characteristics, religious aspects, Africa, Middle East, Israel, Somalia

Journal rubric: Medical Psychology

Article type: review article


For citation: Odintsova M.A. Mental disorders against the background of different strategies of government regulation to counter the spread of COVID-19 [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2021. Vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 27–35. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2021100203. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Maria A. Odintsova, PhD in Psychology, Docent, Head of the Department of Psychology and Pedagogy of Distance Learning, Faculty of Distance Learning, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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