Religiosity and Family Functioning as Predictors of Hope and Resilience during the COVID-19 Pandemic among African American and Latinx College Students with Asthma

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COVID-19 pandemic, resilience, hope, religiosity, family functioning, college student, pandemic


Being resilient and hopeful in the face of adversity can promote health and academic outcomes. We sought to determine whether religiosity and family functioning pre-pandemic predicted resilience and hope during the pandemic in a sample of 105 African American and Latinx college students with asthma (Mage = 19.09 years, SD = 1.01). Participants completed an online survey prior to the pandemic and one during the pandemic. In simple regressions, controlling for age, race/ethnicity, gender, and asthma control, greater religious commitment, better family functioning, and less COVID-19 impact were associated with higher resilience scores. Only greater religious commitment was associated with higher hope scores. In a hierarchical regression predicting resilience from all variables, religiosity and family functioning were associated with resilience above and beyond COVID-19 impact and covariates. Findings highlight the importance of family functioning and religiosity—two cultural factors that are salient in African American and Latinx communities—in resiliency and hope.


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Author Biographies

Rosalie Corona, Virginia Commonwealth University

Rosalie Corona is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Robin S. Everhart

Robin S. Everhart is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Mayra S. Ramos

Mayra S. Ramos, Katherine D. Lohr, and Rachel L. Holder are doctoral students in the Clinical Psychology Program in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University.


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How to Cite

Corona, R., Everhart, R. S., Ramos, M. S., Lohr, K. D., & Holder, R. L. (2024). Religiosity and Family Functioning as Predictors of Hope and Resilience during the COVID-19 Pandemic among African American and Latinx College Students with Asthma. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies, 11(1), 80–95.



Original Manuscript
Received 2023-09-04
Accepted 2024-01-09
Published 2024-02-04

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