Live life to the fullest: A qualitative exploration of coping strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic


  • F.A. Nurdiyanto Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
  • Enggar Putri Harjanti Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia


coping strategies, pandemic distress, qualitative exploration


The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unexpected global disruption and mental health crisis. There are many ways to respond to the pandemic terrors and threats by understanding the context and possible coping strategies. This study aims to explore various coping strategies in dealing with a pandemic. Qualitative exploration was applied, and data collection was conducted through online qualitative surveys. A total of 704 people (33.38% male, M = 22.27 years) participated anonymously and provided written answers. Through thematic analysis, this study found important themes identified as forms of coping strategies: 1) social engagement, 2) being active, 3) healthy behavior, 4) emotional care, 5) spirituality and religious practices, and 6) avoidance strategies. These themes relate to perceived burdens and distress and are unique ways in responding to crises. This article highlights that avoidance strategy could only reduce psychological distress in a short time.


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Nurdiyanto, F., & Harjanti, E. P. (2023). Live life to the fullest: A qualitative exploration of coping strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jurnal Psikologi Ulayat, 10(2), 320–343.



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