Quinnehtukqut McLamore, a fourth-year student in the Psychology of Peace and Violence concentration of the Social Psychology program working with Dr. Bernhard Leidner, was awarded the fifth annual Keith Rayner Memorial Graduate Student Research Award for the project, Challenge and Threat Framings of COVID-19 Messaging and Downstream Consequences.
“The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic threatens millions of lives, the economy, and core infrastructures worldwide. Within the U.S., federal and state governments have enacted policies to lessen these impacts by “flattening the curve.” At the individual level, many have adjusted their behaviors accordingly, some have not, being either unable or unwilling to comply with scientifically-informed recommendations and policies. Unfortunately, the pandemic has corresponded with surges in hate crimes against Asians and Asian Americans and racialized abuse online toward Asians (Stop AAPI Hate, 2020).
“Here, I propose that different messages about COVID-19 may cause the stress of the pandemic to be appraised differently, resulting in such divergent outcomes. The proposed research will investigate how different message framings about the COVID-19 pandemic affect stress appraisals, and how these stress appraisals affect compliance with scientifically-informed preventative measures toward the COVID-19 pandemic, and dispositions toward Asians and Asian Americans.”