Youth Resilience to Drought: Learning from a Group of South African Adolescents

Linda Theron, Motlalepule Ruth Mampane, Liesel Ebersöhn, Angie Hart

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    Exposure to drought is on the increase, also in sub-Saharan Africa. Even so, little attention has been paid to what supports youth resilience to the stressors associated with drought. In response, this article reports a secondary analysis of qualitative data generated in a phenomenological study with 25 South African adolescents (average age 15.6; majority Sepedi-speaking) from a drought-impacted and structurally disadvantaged community. The thematic findings show the importance of personal,
    relational, and structural resources that fit with youths’ sociocultural context. Essentially, proactive collaboration between adolescents and their social ecologies is necessary to co-advance socially just responses to the challenges associated with drought.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number7896
    Pages (from-to)1-14
    Number of pages14
    JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
    Issue number21
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2020

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    • African adolescents
    • climate change
    • co-productive approach
    • protective community
    • social ecological theory of resilience
    • Climate change
    • Social ecological theory of resilience
    • Co-productive approach
    • Protective community


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