Research by Janelle Goodwill focuses on Black adult's mental health during COVID-19

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Neubauer Family Assistant Professor Janelle Goodwill's research suggests that Black adults feeling hopeless may experience more suicidal thoughts. However, having a stronger sense of life purpose or meaning is linked to experiencing fewer suicidal thoughts—even after accounting for the role of other factors like fear about the pandemic, hopelessness, and financial hardship. While there are several practical reasons why Black Americans may feel prone to hopelessness during the pandemic, those who believe that their lives have meaning and purpose appear to experience better mental health outcomes and are less likely to consider suicide seriously.

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