Coping with COVID‐19 at the community level: Testing the predictors and outcomes of communal coping

Youllee Kim*, Xi Tian, Denise H. Solomon

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The COVID-19 pandemic is a socially shared health issue that has had profound impacts on all aspects of community life and requires collaborative coping responses. Drawn from the extended theoretical model of communal coping, we examined (a) factors that promote community members' communal coping and (b) the influence of communal coping on perceived stress and positive adaptation in the context of COVID-19. An empirical test based on the survey of participants (N = 257) living in the state of New York showed that strong community identity, but not the length of residency in the same community and integrated connectedness to communication resources of the community, was positively associated with communal coping orientation. Having a higher communal coping orientation was not related to perceived stress, but it was positively related to engagement in COVID-19 preventive behaviors. The implications of these findings for understanding communal coping at the community level and future directions are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2790-2807
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Issue number7
Early online date15 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Psychology

User-Defined Keywords

  • COVID‐19
  • communal coping
  • community identity
  • positive adaptation
  • socially shared health issues


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