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Race, ethnicity, nativity and perceptions of health risk during the covid-19 pandemic in the us
journal contributionposted on 2023-08-28, 04:11 authored by Thomas JamiesonThomas Jamieson, D Caldwell, B Gomez-Aguinaga, C Doña-Reveco
Previous research demonstrates that pandemics, including COVID-19, have disproportionate effects on communities of color, further exacerbating existing healthcare inequities. While increasing evidence points to the greater threat posed by COVID-19 to Latinx communities, less remains known about how identification as Latinx and migration status influence their perception of risk and harm. In this article, we use cross-sectional data from a large national probability sample to demonstrate a large positive association between ethnic identity and migration status and perceptions of harm from COVID-19 in the US. We find that individuals identifying as Hispanic/Latinx and first-generation immigrants report significantly greater risks of becoming infected by COVID-19 in the next three months, and dying from the virus if they do contract it. Further, subgroup analysis reveals that health risks are especially felt by individuals of Mexican descent, who represent the largest share of US Latinxs. Collectively, our results provide evidence about how the pandemic places increased stress on people from Latinx and immigrant communities relative to White non-Hispanic individuals in the US.
Preferred citationJamieson, T., Caldwell, D., Gomez-Aguinaga, B. & Doña-Reveco, C. (2021). Race, ethnicity, nativity and perceptions of health risk during the covid-19 pandemic in the us. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(21), 11113-11113. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111113
Journal titleInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Online publication date2021-10-22
Article numberARTN 11113
raceethnicityimmigrationhealth riskCOVID-19survey researchCross-Sectional StudiesHispanic or LatinoHumansPandemicsPerceptionSARS-CoV-244 Human Society4403 DemographyBehavioral and Social ScienceClinical ResearchBasic Behavioral and Social SciencePrevention2 Aetiology2.2 Factors relating to the physical environmentMental health3 Good Health and Well BeingToxicology