Young people’s experience of the South African lockdown

22 March 2021

Fellow Lucie Cluver is one of the authors of this paper about the experience of lockdown for South African adolescents and young people. Lucie and her co-authors used semi-structured interviews in April 2020 to document the experiences of young people aged 18 to 25 in South Africa during the lockdown.

Interviewees described how the lockdown exacerbated poverty, food insecurity, and state and domestic violence. Despite participants’ good understanding of COVID-19 transmission and prevention, many also held simultaneous non-scientific beliefs about the disease.

(Lesley Gittings et al. and Lucie Cluver, ‘”Now my life is stuck!”: Experiences of adolescents and young people during COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa’. Published in Global Public Health 16(6): 947-63, doi: 10.1080/17441692.2021.1899262)