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

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Theron, L. C. (2018). Championing the resilience of sub-Saharan adolescents: Pointers for psychologists. South African Journal of Psychology, pre-print, doi: 10.1177/0081246318801749

Theron, L. C., & Ungar, M. (2018). Limiting the impacts of child abuse and neglect by understanding which supports matter most: A differential impact approach. Child Abuse & Neglect, 78, 1-3.

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.

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.

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

Theron, L. C. (2017). Adolescent versus adult explanations of resilience enablers: A South African study. Youth & Society, advance online publication: doi: 10.1177/0044118X17731032.

Theron, L. C. (2017). The resilience processes of black South African young people: A contextualised perspective. In U. Kumar (Ed.), Routledge handbook of psychosocial resilience (pp. 136-147). New York, NY: Taylor and Francis.

Van Rensburg, A. C., Theron, L. C., & Ungar, M. (2017). Using the CYRM-28 With South African Young People: A Factor Structure Analysis. Research on Social Work Practice, advance online publication: doi: 1049731517710326.

Theron, L. C. (2016). Researching resilience: Lessons learned from working with rural, Sesotho-speaking South African young people. Qualitative Research, 16(6), 720-737, doi: 10.1177/1468794116652451.

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

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., Liebenberg, L., & Ungar, M. (Eds.). (2015). Youth resilience and culture: Commonalities and complexities. Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Springer.

Van Rensburg, A. C., Theron, L. C., & Rothmann, S. (2015). A review of quantitative studies of South African youth resilience: Some gaps. South African Journal of Science, 111(7/8).

Theron, L. C. (2014). Being a “turnaround teacher”: Teacher-learner partnerships towards resilience. In M. Nel (Ed.), Life orientation for South African teachers (pp. 203–216). Pretoria, South Africa: Van Schaik.

Theron, L. C., & Theron, A. M. C. (2014).Education services and resilience processes: Resilient black South African students’ experiences. Child and Youth Services Review, 47(3), 297–306. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.10.003

Theron, L. C., & Theron, A. M. C. (2013). Positive adjustment to poverty: How family communities encourage resilience in traditional African contexts. Culture & Psychology, 19(3), 391–413. Retrieved from

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

Theron, L. C., & Engelbrecht, P. (2012). Caring teachers: Teacher-youth transactions to promote resilience. In Ungar, M. (Ed.), The social ecology of resilience: Culture, context, resources and meaning (pp. 265–280). New York, NY: Springer.

Theron, L. C., Mitchell, C., Stuart, J., & Smith, A. (Eds.). (2011). Picturing research: Drawings as visual methodology. Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

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

Theron, L. C. (2007). Uphenyo ngokwazi kwentsha yasemalokishini ukumelana nesimo esinzima: A South African study of resilience among township youth. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 2007, 16(2), 357–375. doi:10.1016/j.chc.2006.12.005