Resilience and positive changes for undergraduate students amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

Alison Vrabec, Alexa Deyo, Katherine M. Kidwell

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Little is known about positive changes resulting from COVID-19. To understand the pandemic’s impact and how to support resilience during a global health crisis, this study examines resilience and perceptions of positive changes. In this preliminary exploratory study, a convenience sample of college students (N = 365, mean age = 19.5, 64.1% female) completed the Brief Resilience Scale and responded to questions about their experiences in the pandemic, including a free response prompt about positive changes (n = 143 responses) during spring 2021. An ordinal logistic regression examined if resilience scores predicted positive changes, and a qualitative analysis was conducted on the subsequent free responses. The regression, including control variables, revealed that for every one-point increase in resilience score, the odds of endorsing positive changes increased by.36 (p =.037). The qualitative analysis revealed themes of improved relationships/development of new relationships and improved quality of life. Interventions that strengthen resiliency may help translate these research findings into practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSocial Science Journal
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • COVID-19
  • College students
  • Qualitative
  • Resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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