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

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Department of Educational Psychology, Centre for the Study of Resilience, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0027, South Africa
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Centre of Resilience for Social Justice, School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton, Brighton BN2 4AT, UK
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 7896; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217896
Received: 14 September 2020 / Revised: 23 October 2020 / Accepted: 24 October 2020 / Published: 28 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Climate Change and Health)
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: African adolescents; climate change; co-productive approach; protective community; social ecological theory of resilience African adolescents; climate change; co-productive approach; protective community; social ecological theory of resilience
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Theron, L.; Ruth Mampane, M.; Ebersöhn, L.; Hart, A. Youth Resilience to Drought: Learning from a Group of South African Adolescents. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7896. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217896

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Theron L, Ruth Mampane M, Ebersöhn L, Hart A. Youth Resilience to Drought: Learning from a Group of South African Adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(21):7896. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217896

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Theron, Linda; Ruth Mampane, Motlalepule; Ebersöhn, Liesel; Hart, Angie. 2020. "Youth Resilience to Drought: Learning from a Group of South African Adolescents" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 21: 7896. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217896

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