This study demonstrates how adversity during the covid pandemic has impacted the lives of diverse college students. Specifically, this study analyzes students' perspectives on how they respond through resilience to daily academic, financial, and social stressors impacting their health during the pandemic. For this study, the research questions are: 1) what themes and forms of coping emerge among marginalized racially, ethnically diverse U.S. college students about their mental health and daily life experiences exacerbated by the covid pandemic? 2) And to what do experiences with stressors in combination with the covid pandemic reveal about the mental health of marginalized groups of students? The method used was semi-structured phone call interviews with 14 college students. Results reveal how students deal with covid and non-covid stressors, manage both physical and mental health concerns, and how they utilize resources from formal and informal social support, gaining thriving or surviving style coping strategies. Overall, the findings provide novel insight to the large body of literature on life experiences in response to social inequities, stressors, and adverse life events in times of crisis, highlighting the significance of listening to diverse college students' needs and their physical and mental health concerns.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Sciences
Applied Sociology; Medical Sociology
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Da Silva, Sarah, "Covid, Inequalities and Health: A Sociological Analysis About the Resilience Found in Unique Student Life Experiences" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 993.