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By Jennifer Kowalkowski and Danielle C. Rhubart, The Pennsylvania State University

Social support can protect mental health from the stressors of life during times of widespread crisis, like the COVID-19 pandemic. Using data from a national survey collected in early-2021, Jennifer Kowalkowski [SMM1] (Postdoctoral Fellow at Penn State University) and Danielle Rhubart (Assistant Professor at Penn State University) found that working-age adults (18-64) who reported having more social support were less likely to report that their mental health was negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the data slice to learn more.