Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 and Race-Based Trauma on the Mental Health of Black Social Work Providers

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The aim of this study was to assess the impact of COVID-19 and race-based trauma on the mental health of Black social workers and to identify support systems. An explanatory sequential design was used to measure mental health, COVID-19, quality of life, race-based trauma, and support systems. A multiple regression analysis was conducted to determine which dependent variables would significantly correlate with COVID-19 and race-based trauma. Depression, anxiety, and stress were significant. Several themes emerged from the qualitative interviews, with 85% reporting a lack of support from their White colleagues. Identified sources of support were therapy and positive relationships.

Black social work professionals, Race-based trauma, COVID-19, Mental health