Sociologists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and at Bowling Green State University highlight differences in structure, resilience, and shared resources in proposing new policies and guidelines to help families weather the COVID-19 pandemic
Families are central to our experience of COVID-19, and they can serve as a mechanism that either exacerbates or reduces the health and economic inequalities our society is currently facing.
Mieke Beth Thomeer, Ph.D., associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Sociology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Jenjira Yahirun, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology at Bowling Green State University, say as sociologists who study health and families, this is nothing new.
Decades of studies demonstrate that families matter for health; but being single, having kids or caring for a parent feels especially consequential during this time. This is reflected in several proposed policies and recommendations, say Thomeer and Yahirun.