Linda Theron

Linda Theron (D.Ed.)
Dep. of Educational Psychology
Faculty of Education
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Psychologist (Educational; PS 0063622)

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South African students explain their resilience processes Video - South African students explain their resilience

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Pathways to Resilience


Introduction to Khazimula

(See Pathways to Resilience Page for the complete list of videos )


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Linda C. Theron

PUBLICATIONS (abbreviated selection, 2010+; chronological)

Theron, L. C. (2020). Adolescent versus adult explanations of resilience enablers: A South African study. Youth & Society, 52(1) 78–98. doi: 10.1177/0044118X17731032.

Gatt, J., Alexander, R., Emond, A., Foster, K., Hadfield, K., Mason-Jones, A.J., Reid, S., Theron, L., Ungar, M., Wouldes, T., & Wu, Q. (2019). Trauma, resilience and mental health in migrant and non-migrant youth: An international cross-sectional study across six countries. Frontiers in Psychiatry,

Haffejee, S. & Theron, L. C. (2019) “The power of me”: The role of agency in the resilience processes of adolescent African girls who have been sexually abused. Journal of Adolescent Research, 34(6) 683–712.

Theron, L. C. (2019). Championing the resilience of sub-Saharan adolescents: Pointers for psychologists. South African Journal of Psychology, 49(3), 325 –336. doi: 10.1177/0081246318801749

Ungar, M., Connelly, G., Liebenberg, L., & Theron, L. (2019). How schools enhance the development of young people’s resilience. Social Indicators Research, 145:615–627. doi:10.1007/s11205-017-1728-8

Ungar, M. & Theron, L. (2019). Resilience and mental health: How multisystemic processes contribute to positive outcomes. Lancet Psychiatry, pre-print, doi:10.1016/S2215-0366(19)30434-1

Jefferis, T., & Theron, L. C. (2018). Explanations of resilience in women and girls: How applicable to black South African girls. Women’s Studies International Forum, 69, 195-211.

Theron, L. C., & Van Rensburg, A. (2018). Learning from school-attending adolescents living in conditions of structural inequality. Journal of Adolescence, 67, 167-178.

Van Breda, A. D., & Theron, L. C. (2018). A critical review of South African child and youth resilience studies, 2009-2017. Child and Youth Services Review, 91, 237-247.

Wu, Q., Ge, T., Emond, A., Foster, K., Gatt, J. M., Hadfield, K., Mason-Jones, A., Reid, S., Theron, L., Ungar, M., & Wouldes, T. A. (2018). Acculturation, resilience, and the mental health of migrant youth: A cross-country comparative study. Public Health162, 63-70.

Schwartz, K. D., Theron, L. C., & Scales, P. C. (2017). Seeking and finding positive youth development among Zulu youth in South African townships. Child Development, 88(4), 1079–1086. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12869

Haffejee, S., & Theron, L. C. (2017). Resilience processes in sexually abused adolescent girls: A scoping review of the literature. South African Journal of Science, 113(9/10), 1-9.

Theron, L. C., Cockroft, K., & Wood, L. (2017). The resilience-enabling value of African folktales: The Read-Me-to-Resilience Intervention. School Psychology International, 38(5), 491-506. doi: 10.1177/0143034317719941

Hall, A. M., & Theron, L. C. (2016). Resilience processes supporting adolescents with intellectual disability: A multiple case study. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 54(1), 45-62. doi: 10.1352/1934-9556-54.1.45

Theron, L. C. (2016). Towards a culturally- and contextually-sensitive understanding of resilience: Privileging the voices of black, South African young people. Journal of Adolescent Research, 2016, 31(6), 635–670. doi: 10.1177/0743558415600072

Theron, L. C. (2016). The everyday ways that school ecologies facilitate resilience: Implications for school psychologists. School Psychology International, 37, 87-103. doi:10.1177/0142723713503254 [Guest-edited special issue]

Theron, L., Liebenberg, L., & Ungar, M. (Eds.) (2015). Youth resilience and culture: Commonalities and complexities. London, UK: Springer.

Theron, L. C., Theron, A. M. C., & Malindi, M. J. (2013). Towards an African definition of resilience: A rural South African community’s view of resilient Basotho youth. Journal of Black Psychology, 39, 63–87. doi: 10.1177/0095798412454675

Cameron, C. A., Theron, L. C., Tapanya, S., Li, C., Ungar, M., & Liebenberg, L. (2013). Visual perspectives on majority world adolescent thriving. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 23(1), 149–161. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-7795.2012.00794.x

Fourie, C. L., & Theron, L. C. (2012). Resilience in the face of Fragile X Syndrome: A single female case study. Qualitative Health Research, 22, 1355–1368.

Ungar, M., Theron, L. C., & Didkowsky, N. (2011). Adolescents’ precocious and developmentally appropriate contributions to their families’ well-being and resilience in five countries. Family Relations, 60(2), 231–246. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3729.2010.00645.x

Theron, L. C., & Theron, A. M. C. (2010). A critical review of studies of South African youth resilience, 1990-2008. South African Journal of Science, 106(7/8). Retrieved from