Date of Graduation
Bachelor of Arts
Sociology and Criminology
Committee Member/Second Reader
Committee Member/Third Reader
Studying how perceived threat of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) differs across intersections of age and race/ethnicity as well as age and gender will create a basis for identifying subgroups at greater risk of negative mental health outcomes. I analyzed nationally representative survey data collected in February 2021 from the Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel (N=9,069). To measure perceived threat, the respondents were asked whether COVID-19 is considered 0) no threat, minor threat, or 1) major threat for personal and population health. Race/ethnicity, gender, and age categories are used as independent variables. Results from logistic regression models indicate that race/ethnicity, gender, and age are each associated with perceived COVID-19 threats. Compared to Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians have higher log-odds of perceiving major threat to population and personal health; females report higher log-odds of perceiving major threat to population and personal health compared to males; and compared to young adults (18-29), the log-odds of perceiving major threat to population and personal health is greater for those 30-49, 50-64, and 65+. Interactions between age and race/ethnicity for perceived major threat to personal health are statistically significant for Asian 30–49 year olds (b = -1.48, p < .05). Unlike the other racial/ethnic groups, plotted predicted probabilities show that young adult Asians had a higher probability of perceiving major threat to personal health compared to 30-49 year old Asians. These findings contribute to the limited research on perceived threat of COVID-19 and provide a basis for further study.
COVID-19, perceived threat, age, race and ethnicity, gender
Varghese, C. (2022). Perceived COVID-19 Threat Across the Intersections of Age, Race/Ethnicity, and Gender. Sociology and Criminology Undergraduate Honors Theses Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/sociuht/11