Resilience as a Mediator between Perceived Distress and Change in Outlook Toward Life | P 49-54

Sarita Sood
University of Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir

Pages: 49 – 54

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a massive change across the world. The schools being closed for the containment of the virus have affected the young school students in myriad ways. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of perceived distress on change in outlook through resilience in school students in north India. Through convenience sampling, data were collected online from 538 young students above 15 years of age. Descriptive statistics, confirmatory factor analysis, and structural equation modeling were used. Perceived distress is a predictor of resilience. Mediation analysis showed that perceived distress brings a change in outlook via resilience. Perceived distress did not have a direct effect on change in outlook. These findings expand the literature on positive psychology and its role during pandemics. Students’ resilience has positive consequences for their coping, resulting in increased chances of positive outcomes. Thus, providing counselling and evaluation of resilience could be crucial for the well-being of young students during adverse situations. 

Keywords: Students, Perceived distress, Change in outlook, COVID-19, Resilience.

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