Coping self-efficacy and psychosocial well-being of marginalised South African youth

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 27, issue 4, 2017 , pages: 338–344
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2017.1347755
Author(s): Seleme R. MelatoOptentia Research Focus Area, South Africa, Chrizanne van EedenOptentia Research Focus Area, South Africa, Sebastiaan RothmannOptentia Research Focus Area, South Africa, Elizabeth BothmaOptentia Research Focus Area, South Africa


The aim of this study was to investigate coping self-efficacy and aspects of psychosocial well-being amongst youth from marginalised backgrounds. A total of 794 black South African marginalised youth (males = 54%, females = 46%, age range between 18 and 30 years) voluntarily participated in this cross-sectional study. The participants completed surveys of coping self-efficacy, mental health, and mood disorder. Structural equation modelling was applied to construct an explanatory model for coping self-efficacy and psychosocial well-being among the marginalised youth. The resulting structural model showed that coping self-efficacy significantly and positively predicted the emotional and psychological dimensions of psychosocial well-being among the youth. Psychosocial well-being was associated with of a lower risk for symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress in these marginalised young people.

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