Coping With COVID-19: The Impact of the Pandemic on Latina Immigrant Women's Mental Health and Well-being.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


We sought to describe how Latina immigrants living in King County coped with the pandemic, including their attitudes and behaviors related to COVID-19, and the impact of the pandemic on their mental health and wellbeing.


We conducted surveys by phone with adult Spanish-speaking Latina immigrants (n = 137) in the summer of 2020.


Very few women had been infected with COVID-19, and 23% reported having been tested. Most frequent reasons for not being tested were not knowing where to go (14%), concerns over the cost (15%), and not wanting to know if they were infected (12%). Most participants had concerns about paying for housing (76%) and food (73%). Depression and anxiety symptoms were in the moderate range. Almost all participants were practicing recommended preventive behaviors.


Although few participants had COVID-19 infection, the pandemic had significant impacts on their mental health and ability to meet basic needs.

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Cited Authors

  • Ornelas, IJ; Tornberg-Belanger, S; Balkus, JE; Bravo, P; Perez Solorio, SA; Perez, GE; Tran, AN

Published Date

  • December 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 48 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 733 - 738

PubMed ID

  • 34672827

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC9241170

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-6127

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1090-1981

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/10901981211050638


  • eng