Resilience and risk perception during the COVID-19 pandemic: comparison of adolescents and adults

Ficzere, Márton and Kövesdi, Andrea and Rózsa, Sándor (2020) Resilience and risk perception during the COVID-19 pandemic: comparison of adolescents and adults. Psychologia Hungarica Caroliensis, 8 (3). pp. 68-82. ISSN 2064-2504


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Introduction: The adaptation to the effects of the recent pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-19 is essential for each age group of the society. In this situation, resilience and risk perception have privileged roles, thus their connection has already been examined in previous studies. Although other researches had discussed the effect of age, there are no publications yet focusing on the comparison of adolescents and adults, except within a families. Aims: Our study objective was to examine resilience and risk perception of Hungarian teenagers and adults during the COVID-19 pandemic and to compare the effect of age on these psychological concepts. Methods: Two anonymous online questionnaires were used to collect data between March 2020 and June 2020. In this study, the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC) 10-item and the questionnaire of risk perception were evaluated. Results: Adults’ scores were significantly higher on the resilience research (p = 0,000). Comparing by age groups showed adolescents’ resilience scores were significantly lower than that of the adults between the age of 35 and 54 (p =0,004), and 55-64 (p = 0,000). Grown-ups’ risk perception scores were also significantly higher during both questionnaires (p = 0,000; p = 0,001). Based on the comparison of age groups, teenagers’ risk perception scores were significantly lower than adults’ scores between the age of 35-54 (p = 0,002; p = 0,012), 55-64 (p = 0,002; p = 0,000) and 65-99 (p = 0,000; p = 0,0025).Discussion: The study presents that adults are more resilient and have higher risk perception than adolescents. More precisely, 16-20 years old teenagers are less resilient than adults between the age 35-54 and 55-64, furthermore have lower risk perception than adults between the age 35-54, 55-64 and 65-89. These results draw attention the nexus of age, resilience and risk perception.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ISSN online: 2064-3101
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion / filozófia, pszichológia, vallás > BF Psychology / lélektan
Depositing User: Zsolt Baráth
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2022 08:29
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2022 08:29

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