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

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Patricia Fronek

Griffith University - School of Human Services and Social Work

Lynne Briggs

Griffith University - School of Human Services & Social Work

Date Written: November 16, 2020

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Fronek, Patricia and Briggs, Lynne, Demoralization in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Whereto the Future for Young Australians? (November 16, 2020). 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, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3731873

Patricia Fronek (Contact Author)

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Lynne Briggs

Griffith University - School of Human Services & Social Work ( email )

University Drive
Meadowbrook, QLD 4131
Australia

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