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Professor Pirtle Publishes Article in Journal of Health and Social Behavior

November 21, 2023

Whitney Laster Pirtle co-authored a new article in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, titled "COVID-19’s Unequal Toll: Differences in Health-Related Quality of Life by Gendered and Racialized Groups." The paper finds that, among White men and women, the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with fewer days of health-related activity limitations and decreased frequent activity limitation compared to the prepandemic period. By contrast, Latina and Black women experienced increased days of activity limitation and greater likelihood of frequent activity limitation, and these changes were significantly different than for White women. These findings demonstrate how systemic racism and sexism likely exacerbate a myriad of pandemic-related health problems. Read the full article: