The effects of COVID-19 on perceived intergroup competition and negative intergroup outcomes.

Published on May 7, 2021in Journal of Social Psychology
· DOI :10.1080/00224545.2021.1918617
Jonathan Gordils2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UHart: University of Hartford),
Andrew J. Elliot109
Estimated H-index: 109
(UR: University of Rochester)
+ 1 AuthorsJeremy P. Jamieson19
Estimated H-index: 19
(UR: University of Rochester)
This research examined the effects of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic on perceived Black-White intergroup competition and negative intergroup psychological outcomes. Two datasets (collected before [2018] and after the onset of [April, 2020] COVID-19) were combined (N = 2,131) for this research. The data provided support for the hypothesis that perceptions of Black-White intergroup competition, and subsequently perceptions of discrimination, behavioral avoidance, intergroup anxiety, and interracial mistrust would be higher after the onset of COVID-19. Three additional predictors, a perceived interracial competition manipulation, political orientation, and population density at the ZIP-code level were examined to test for main effects and moderation of COVID-19 effects. All three predictors exhibited main effects on focal outcomes, and political orientation moderated COVID-19 onset effects: effects were stronger for conservatives. Lastly, perceived intergroup competition mediated the effect of COVID-19 onset on the four focal outcomes.
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