Psychological distress, employment, and family functioning during the COVID-19 outbreak among recent immigrant families in Israel: Moderating roles of COVID-19 prevalence

Tae Kyoung Lee*, Maya Benish-Weisman, Saskia R. Vos, Maria Fernanda Garcia, Maria C. Duque Marquez, Ivonne A. Calderón, Tatiana Konshina, Einat Elizarov, Seth J. Schwartz

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Abstract

Grounded in an ecodevelopment perspective, in the current study we examined unique and moderating effects of daily COVID-19 prevalence (social contexts) on effects of COVID-19 related risk and protective factors such as emotional distress (individual contexts) and employment (working from home and unemployment status; family contexts) on family functioning among 160 recent immigrant families in Israel. In general, results indicate several unique effects of COVID-19 related factors (such as COVID-19 emotional distress, unemployment, and remote work arrangements) on both parents’ and adolescents’ reports of family functioning. However, results indicated that there were more significant associations between COVID-19 factors (e.g., emotional distress and COVID-19 prevalence) and family functioning indicators with adolescents, than with parents. The effects of COVID-19 factors (e.g., emotional distress and remote work arrangements) were moderated by daily COVID-19 prevalence (new cases and deaths). We discuss ways in which interventionists can contribute to pandemic-related research to promote optimal family functioning among immigrant families.

Original languageAmerican English
Article numbere0277757
Pages (from-to)e0277757
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume17
Issue number11 November
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2022

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