Demoralization in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Whereto the Future for Young Australians?
Fronek, P., & Briggs, L. (2020). Demoralization in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic: Whereto the future for young Australians? Qualitative Social Work, 1473325020973332. doi:10.1177/1473325020973332
Posted: 18 Nov 2020
Date Written: November 16, 2020
COVID-19 is changing lives. Less attention has been paid to the future of young people by governments since the onset of the pandemic. We suggest that young people are vulnerable to demoralization, a state of hopelessness and helplessness, during and post-COVID-19. This reflection drawn from journaling and ongoing reflexive conversation from December 2019 to April 2020 offers a critical perspective on the circumstances of young Australians that encompasses consideration of the structural factors that impact on health, life chances, equality and social justice as well as the personal aspects of reflection.
Keywords: COVID-19, Coronavirus, demoralization, young people, employment, unemployment, critical reflection, Australia
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