racial disparities; COVID-19, coping


The COVID-19 pandemic revealed a disproportionate risk of the disease in communities of color. The present study explored the impact of the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic on self-reported adaptation and coping, compared by the race of the respondent. Results from an anonymous, cross-sectional, online survey administered in June 2020 found that Black/African American adult respondents were less likely than non- Black/African American adult respondents to agree that they felt prepared for the COVID-19 outbreak; they were more likely than non- Black/African American adults to agree that they were personally affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, and more likely to have financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The findings of this study reveal differences in experiences and adaptability of Black/African American adults as compared to non-Black/African American adults. This study provides important suggestions for developing and framing policies and interventions capable of addressing the needed services for Black/African American adults impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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