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Wokeness Studies scholar researching all things woke @ManhattanInst. All views are my own.

Apr 11, 2020, 17 tweets

1/n Two interesting findings thus far from my analysis of Pew's March 2020 COVID-19 survey. First, white (and especially 'very') liberals are far more likely than all other ideological-racial subgroups to report being diagnosed with a mental health condition.

2/n Somewhat surprisingly, this difference further grows when we add standard controls

3/n We next turn to mean responses to this battery, which asks about the frequency at which respondents experienced specific mental health issues over the previous 7 days

4/n The differences are more modest here, but still significant

5/n They are also robust to several potential confounds (e.g. job loss, pay-cuts, marital status)

6/n However, entering the 'mental health diagnosis' variable into the model does (perhaps naturally) narrow the difference.

7/n In other words, at least some of the differences in the covid-mental health battery between white liberals and others are accounted for by the former's higher likelihood of being diagnosed with a mental health condition.

8/n It's possible that the disparities in self-reported diagnosis are simply or partly a function of white liberals being more likely to seek mental health evaluations. I don't have the data to answer this question. But given that they also tend to score higher on neuroticism..

9/n (and, not to mention, score lower on life satisfaction/happiness), I think at least some of this difference is genuine.

10/n I didn't write this thread to mock white liberals or their apparently disproportionate rates of mental illness (and you shouldn't either). Rather, this is a question that's underexplored and which may shed light on attitudinal differences towards various social policies.

11/n Overall, and with one exception (white moderates), those in 18-29 age group are more likely to report being diagnosed with a mental health condition. The differences among white liberals, though, are striking: almost half of white liberals in this cohort report a diagnosis.

12/n @jean_twenge would like to get your thoughts on this. I know you've studied some of these trends.

13/n Big 5 personality profiles for white libs who report/don't report receiving a mental health condition diagnosis.

14/n One of the things that concern me about liberal social engineering and norm-promotion efforts is that they ostensibly cater to those who are emotionally fragile or those with specific personality profiles. Those with different personality profiles or have higher emotional..

15/n stability are just expected to shut up and deal with it.

16/n Some of you asked for it, so here is the last chart broken down by gender. Biggest gap within age x ideological groups is between white liberal men (33.6%) and women (56.3%) in the 18-29 category

17/n Link to original dataset…

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