• Maria Yosephin Universitas Atma Jaya
  • Eunike Sri Tyas Suci Fakultas Psikologi, Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya, Jakarta



COVID-19 pandemic; early adulthood; self-acceptance; survivor's guilt


 The COVID-19 pandemic has a broad impact on society. The high death rate from COVID-19 can
make individuals feel guilty when dealing with the loss of loved ones. This study aimed to explore
the process of self-acceptance in individuals who experience survivor's guilt due to the COVID-19
pandemic. This study used a phenomenological method. The participants in this study were three
young adults 18-39 years old who were still in the process of overcoming survivor's guilt. The
results showed that the three participants felt regret, helplessness, anger and sadness because they
have a healthier and more secure condition, while their loved ones are not safe. They tended to
blame themselves (survivor's guilt) for something that did not directly affect the death of their
parents. The process of self-acceptance experienced by the participants is unique and non-linear
related to the aspects of aversion, curiosity, tolerance, allowing and friendship. Emotional
processes, participant perceptions, religiosity and support from the environment are factors that
influence the process of self-acceptance of the three participants.


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