Young people have grit, need services, support: study

JOHANNESBURG - New research shows the physical strength and mental health of the youth are sustained by people, places and services around them.

This is one of the key findings from the five-year Resilient Youth in Stressed Environments study.

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Professor Linda Theron, one of the academics who participated in this research, said: "In part, our study found that our young people living in townships, many of them have incredible grit, this grit is so important for them to overcome relentless stresses and unforeseen shocks, young people rise above their challenges when they're connected to peers, families, and communities that care.

"I guess the bottom line is we cannot expect young people to always do it for themselves, we always need to partner with them and that's what resilience is all about."


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