Psychological Distress and Protective Factors Among Black Americans Pre- and Post-COVID-19
Black Americans, COVID-19, Disparities, Mental health, Protective factors, Racially and culturally tailored care, Racism
Encyclopedia of Mental Health, Third Edition: Volume 1-3
The current entry presents an update of previous work about the paradox of reverse disparities in mental health and the possible significance of culturally based coping strategies as an underlying source of psychological functioning among Black Americans in comparison to White Americans (Kohn-Wood et al., 2016). Protective methods and strategies often employed by Black Americans appeared to be waning before the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. However, the COVID-19 pandemic may have exacerbated patterns of worsening mental health in marginalized communities. We conclude with potential explanations for increased distress and risk and recommendations for addressing this trend.
Center for Educational Transformation
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Kohn-Wood, Laura; Hooper, Lisa; Davis, Brittney; and Thelomar, Guerdiana, "Psychological Distress and Protective Factors Among Black Americans Pre- and Post-COVID-19" (2023). Faculty Publications. 5427.