Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Sociology (MA)
Sociology and Criminology
Second Committee Member
COVID-19, Fear, Public Health, Social Research, Social Resources, Social Solidarity, Social Vulnerabilities
Drawing from a sample of 10,368 adults living in the U.S., the current study examines the role of social and psychological resources in lowering COVID-related fear, threat, and worry, controlling for a number of social vulnerabilities (e.g. gender, race/ethnicity, and presence of children). The impact of social location, particularly in regards to race, and how one accesses and/or utilizes social and psychological resources is also examined through disaggregated regression models. Results demonstrate that some social and psychological resources impact COVID-specific distress (fear/threat/worry), but depending on the resource, relationships vary in direction and significance. The strength of social ties and mastery of fate play a protective role in lessening perceived distress (fear/threat/worry) related to COVID. On the other hand, community connectedness significantly increases COVID-specific fear, threat, and worry while trust is not significant at all. Statistical analyses also demonstrate that social and psychological resources play a different protective role in lessening perceived distress related to COVID dependent on an individual’s social position and circumstance.
Kim Huh, M. (2021). Vulnerability to and Protection Against COVID-19 Fear, Threat, and Worry. Graduate Theses and Dissertations Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/etd/4177
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