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Resilience and coping behaviour among adolescents in a high-income city-state during the COVID-19 pandemic

Sci Rep. 2023 Mar 11;13(1):4061. doi: 10.1038/s41598-023-31147-0.


The study aimed to determine the resilience of multi-ethnic, multi-cultural adolescent students in cosmopolitan Singapore, their coping abilities, and the impact on their social and physical activities during the COVID-19 pandemic and its association with their resilience. A total of 582 adolescents in post-secondary education institutes completed an online survey from June to November 2021. The survey assessed their sociodemographic status, resilience level using the Brief Resilience Scale (BRS) and Hardy-Gill Resilience Scale (HGRS), the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their daily activities, life settings, social life, social interactions, and coping ability in these aspects of life. Poor ability to cope with school life (adjusted beta = – 0.163, 95% CI – 1.928 to 0.639, p < 0.001), staying home (adjusted beta = – 0.108, 95% CI = – 1.611 to – 0.126, p = 0.022), sports (adjusted beta = – 0.116, 95% CI – 1.691 to – 0.197, p = 0.013) and friends (adjusted beta = – 0.143, 95% CI – 1.904 to – 0.363, p = 0.004) were associated with statistically significant low resilience level measured with HGRS. About half and a third of the participants reported normal and low resilience, respectively, based on BRS (59.6%/32.7%) and HGRS (49.0%/29.0%) scores. Adolescents of Chinese ethnicity and low socioeconomic status had comparatively lower resilience scores. Approximately half of the adolescents in this study had normal resilience despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Adolescents with lower resilience tended to have lower coping abilities. The study did not compare changes in the social life and coping behaviour of the adolescents due to COVID-19, as data on these aspects prior to the pandemic was unavailable.

PMID:36906711 | DOI:10.1038/s41598-023-31147-0

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