Linda Theron

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

Tree growing from rocks
South African students explain their resilience processes Video - South African students explain their resilience

Click here to watch the video!

Pathways to Resilience


Introduction to Khazimula

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


Included photos / drawings are copyrighted; photos taken by Prof Tinie Theron or Mr Eswill Theron

Linda C. Theron

PUBLICATIONS (abbreviated selection, 2010+)

Höltge, J., Ungar, M., & Theron, L., (2021). The differential interplay of home routines and comforting beliefs on adolescent mental health in situations of severe parental conflict. Adversity and Resilience Science.

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. (2020). Resilience of sub-Saharan children and adolescents: A scoping review. Transcultural Psychiatry,

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

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

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

Theron, L.C., Levine, D., & Ungar, M. (2020). African emerging adult resilience: Insights from a sample of township youth. Emerging Adulthood,

Theron, L.C., Mampane, M.R., Ebersohn, L., & Hart, A. (2020). Youth resilience to drought: Learning from a group of South African adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(21), 7896.

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. (2010). A critical review of studies of South African youth resilience, 1990-2008. South African Journal of Science, 106(7/8).

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

Ungar, M., & Theron, L. (2020). Resilience and mental health: How multisystemic processes contribute to positive outcomes. Lancet Psychiatry, 7, 441–48.

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

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.