College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Spring 6-10-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Alice Stuhlmacher, PhD

Second Advisor

Joseph Mikels, PhD


During the pandemic, workers have been affected in a variety of ways. COVID-19’s impact has permeated through all communities and has more harshly affected minority communities such as Black communities, and those deemed as essential workers. Although, in this study there were no differences between Black and White perceptions of COVID-related risks or job insecurity. The negative effects of these increased risks were expected to be buffered by protective practices such as following the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) suggestions and by supervisors practicing family supportive supervisor behaviors (FSSBs), however results showed that these did not act as buffers. While there were no moderating effects of protective practices, FSSBs did predict higher levels of positive mental health. Further results and implications are discussed.

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