Minority groups are especially vulnerable to the negative psychological and economic consequences of the COVID‐19 pandemic. This study focused on one prominent minority group in Israel: ultra‐Orthodox Jews. It examined the rate of exposure to COVID‐19, adherence to COVID‐19 mitigation guidelines, difficulties with adherence to COVID‐19 guidelines, COVID‐related concerns, financial hardships, the need for help, and microaggression during the first wave of the pandemic (April– May 2020). It then examined multivariate prediction of COVID‐related concerns, the need for help, and microaggression. The sample comprised 252 respondents, with 67% female and a mean age of 32.85 (SD = 10.63). Results showed that 78.8% of the participants knew at least one person who had tested positive for COVID‐19, and 31.4% knew at least one person who had passed away from COVID‐ 19. Only 59.7% of the participants reported high adherence to social distancing guidelines. Perceived microaggression was predicted by the difficulties with adherence to COVID‐19 guidelines, the level of stress associated with exposure to the media, and financial hardships. The study’s implications point to the centrality of perceived microaggression and the necessity of adopting culturally sensitive approaches to engage minorities in public efforts to fight the spread of viruses.
|Original language||American English|
|Journal||International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health|
|State||Published - 2 Jun 2021|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This paper was part of the research activities conducted at the Resilience Research Group at the Hebrew University, Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare.
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- COVID‐related concerns
- Mitigation guidelines
- Ultra‐Orthodox Jews
- mitigation guidelines
- COVID-related concerns
- ultra-Orthodox Jews