Resilience to COVID-19-related stressors : insights from emerging adults in a South African township

Show simple item record Theron, Linda C. Levine, Diane Ungar, Michael 2022-10-05T11:00:53Z 2022-10-05T11:00:53Z 2021-12-21
dc.description.abstract There is widespread recognition that stressors related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) jeopardize the development of emerging adults, more particularly those living in disadvantaged communities. What is less well understood is what might support emerging adult resilience to COVID-19-related stressors. In response, this article reports a 5-week qualitative study with 24 emerging adults (average age: 20) living in a South African township. Using digital diaries and repeated individual interviews, young people shared their lived experiences of later (i.e., month 4 and 7) lockdown-related challenges (i.e., contagion fears; livelihood threats; lives-on-hold) and how they managed these challenges. An inductive thematic analysis showed that personal and collective compliance, generous ways-ofbeing, and tolerance-facilitators enabled emerging adult resilience to said challenges. Importantly, these resilience-enablers drew on resources associated with multiple systems and reflected the situational and cultural context of the township in question. In short, supporting emerging adult resilience to COVID-19-related stressors will require contextually aligned, multisystemic responses. en_US
dc.description.department Educational Psychology en_US
dc.description.librarian am2022 en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the University of Leicester’s QR Global Challenges Research Fund. en_US
dc.description.uri en_US
dc.identifier.citation Theron, L., Levine, D. & Ungar, M. (2021) Resilience to COVID-19-related stressors: Insights from emerging adults in a South African township. PLoS ONE 16(12): e0260613. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1932-6203 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1371/journal.pone.0260613
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Public Library of Science en_US
dc.rights © 2021 Theron et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_US
dc.subject Widespread recognition en_US
dc.subject Disadvantaged communities en_US
dc.subject Lockdown-related challenges en_US
dc.subject COVID-19 pandemic en_US
dc.subject Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) en_US
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_US
dc.subject Township en_US
dc.subject Emerging adult en_US
dc.title Resilience to COVID-19-related stressors : insights from emerging adults in a South African township en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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