Resilience through religiosity among Chilean older persons during the COVID-19 pandemic


Article co-authored by María Beatriz Fernández, MICARE associate researcher, Milda Galkute and Victoria Reyes.

The paper is published on the Taylor & Francis Online website, a British publisher that publishes renowned books and academic journals. In addition, it is part of the Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging; American academic journal dedicated to research in the elderly.

This qualitative study was made from 22 semi-structured interviews and it studied religiosity as a key psychosocial resource that promoted resilience among Chilean older people, to face the pandemic and receive social support in the face of the high mental burden caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Main findings:

Religious older people in Chile report a strong capacity for resilience and clear adaptability to new technologies, a tool that helped them express their religiosity in new ways during this period.

It is mentioned that this evidence should be considered in public policies to promote active ageing in times of crisis.

Foto de las manos de una persona mayor sosteniendo un rosario.