Multivariate, transgenerational associations of the COVID-19 pandemic across minoritized and marginalized communities
JAMA Feb 12, 2022
Researchers herein investigated the baseline pre–COVID-19 pandemic household factors that are linked with COVID-19 experiences, as defined by child and parent report, using a multivariate pattern-learning framework from the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) cohort.
In ABCD, which is an ongoing prospective longitudinal study of child and adolescent development in the United States, 11,875 youths were enrolled at age 9 to 10 years.
Researchers developed a multivariate pattern-learning strategy using nationally collected longitudinal profiling data from 9,267 families to determine factor combinations linked with transgenerational costs of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
A total of 9,267 youth-parent dyads with more than 17,000 variables were included.
Social determinants of inequity, including household income and family structure, were identified as the primary associates of negative COVID-19 experiences, including elevated difficulties with school among children and concerns over racism linked with the COVID-19 pandemic among parents.
Findings reveal the necessity for community-level, transgenerational intervention strategies to combat the disproportionate burden of pandemics on minoritized and marginalized racial and ethnic populations.
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