Profiles of emerging adults’ resilience facing the negative impact of COVID-19 across six countries

Sorgente Angela, Gabriela Fonseca, Žan Lep, Lijun Li, Joyce Serido, Rimantas Vosylis, Carla Crespo, Ana Paula Relvas, Maja Zupančič, Margherita Lanz

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Although emerging adults (i.e., individuals aged 18-29 years old) may be at a lesser risk of COVID-19 severe illness and mortality, studies have found that the negative impact of COVID-19 on mental health and well-being is higher among emerging adults when compared to other age groups. The current study aimed to identify profile(s) based on resilience resources, which could help emerging adults in managing the disruptions to their lives following the pandemic. A cross-national sample of 1,768 emerging adults from China, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Slovenia, and the US was utilized to identify profiles based on different resilience dimensions (ego-resiliency, positivity, religiosity, socioeconomic status, family support, peer support). Results of the Latent Profile Analysis suggest the presence of four different profiles: no resources, only peer, only family, and well-equipped. The association of these profiles with demographic variables, adulthood markers, self-perceived COVID-19 impact, present well-being, and future life perception was investigated. Implications for resilience theory as well as for future interventions are discussed.

Supplementary Information: The online version contains supplementary material available at 10.1007/s12144-022-03658-y.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCurrent Psychology
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

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  • COVID-19
  • Emerging adults
  • Latent profile analysis
  • Resilience
  • ego-resiliency


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