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ISSN : 2233-6710(Print)
ISSN : 2384-2121(Online)
Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling Vol.13 No.2 pp.67-85

Financial Stress in the Asian Christian Immigrant Community During COVID-19

Jinhee Park1, Roy K. Chen2, Chu-Ling Lo3, Heekyung Lee4
1Auburn University
2University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
3University of Texas at El Paso
4California State University at San Bernardino
Corresponding Author
Jinhee Park, Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling, College of Education Auburn University, 2084 Haley Center, Auburn, Alabama, 36849, USA.
Acknowledgement: The third and fourth authors equally contributed to the manuscript.


The purpose of the current study was to examine how individual, economic, and psychological factors contributed to the financial concerns of Asian Christian immigrants in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic (i.e., the impact of COVID-19 on employment status and income change, intolerance of uncertainty, hope, and personal meaning in life). The sample consisted of 103 immigrants from three East Asian countries affiliated with Christian churches. A hierarchical regression analysis was conducted to observe how the aforementioned variables predicted the participants’ financial worries. The results showed that intolerance of uncertainty accounted for a significant amount of variance in financial worries among the participants, but the impact of COVID-19, hope, and meaning in life did not predict significant variance. Implications for practice and future research were discussed.