Resilience to COVID-19: Socioeconomic Disadvantage Associated With Higher Positive Parent-youth Communication and Youth Disease-prevention Behavior
Socioeconomic disadvantage, Resilience to COVID-19, positive parent-youth, youth disease-prevention, behavior
Socioeconomic disadvantage is associated with larger COVID-19 disease burdens and pandemic-related economic impacts. We utilized the longitudinal Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study to understand how family- and neighborhood-level socioeconomic disadvantage relate to disease burden, family communication, and preventative responses to the pandemic in over 6,000 youth-parent/caregiver dyads. Data were collected at three timepoints (May to August 2020). Here, we show that both family- and neighborhood-level disadvantage were associated with parents’ reports of greater family COVID-19 exposure risk and diagnoses, less perceived exposure risk, more frequent parent-youth conversations about COVID-19 risk/prevention and reassurance, and greater youth preventative behaviors. More disadvantaged families may be adaptively incorporating more protective strategies to reduce emotional distress and likelihood of COVID-19 infection. The results highlight the importance of parent-youth communication and disease-preventative practices for buffering the economic and disease burdens of COVID-19, along with policies and programs that reduce these burdens for families with socioeconomic disadvantage.
Andrew Marshall, Daniel Hackman, Fiona Baker, Florence Breslin, Sandra Brown, Anthony Dick, Marybel Gonzalez, Mathieu Guillaume, Orsolya Kiss, Krista Lisdahl, Connor McCabe, William Pelham III, Chandni Sheth, Susan Tapert, Amandine Van Rinsveld, Natasha Wade, & Elizabeth Sowell. (2021). COVID-19: Socioeconomic Disadvantage Associated With Higher Positive Parent-youth Communication and Youth Disease-prevention Behavior. PREPRINT (Version 1)Available at Research Square. https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-444161/v1