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Clarke Teacher of the Deaf Co-Authors Article on Korean Immigrant Experience During COVID-19 Pandemic

Joo Young Hong, teacher of the deaf at Clarke, has co-authored a publication in the Natural Hazards Review, an ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) journal, titled “Perceived Vulnerability to Disease, Resilience, and Mental Health Outcome of Korean Immigrants amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Machine Learning Approach.”  

Using artificial neural network modeling, Joo Young and her co-authors studied survey data from 790 US- and foreign-born Korean immigrants living in the US to assess how their fear of COVID-19, their perceived susceptibility to infectious disease and their coping mechanisms predicted their psychological distress level during the pandemic.  

Included in their findings is that the most powerful characteristics for limiting distress were resilience, their perceived level of vulnerability to COVID-19 and the level of social support available.  

Access the study and the researchers’ conclusions here.


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