Combatting mental distress by shoring up resilience during COVID-19 pandemic

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A study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders by our recent Bell Fellow Leslie Adams, PhD, and her colleagues takes a longitudinal look (with baseline and nine waves of follow-up data from March through August, 2020) at the relationship between resilience and mental distress in 6,008 participants in the Understanding America Study.

“Adults living below the poverty line were less likely to report high resilience . . . participants in the low and normal resilience groups experienced increases in mental distress in the early months of the pandemic.”