Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues (Print ISSN: 1544-0036; Online ISSN: 1544-0044)


Strategy of Stress Coping and Living Survival on Communities Affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic Crisis: A Case Study of Ojek Online Driver in Malang City, Indonesia

Author(s): Oman Sukmana, Juli Astutik, Zaenal Abidin

The Covid-19 pandemic adversely affected countries' economic and social activities globally, thereby leading to the emergence of stress on human life. Therefore, this research aims to determine the various forms of stress and survival strategies of the OJEK commercial online motorcycle driver community, Malang, affected by the pandemic. This is a qualitative research with the purposive and snowball sampling method used to obtain data from 39 people of the OJEK online driver community in Malang. Data were collected through live interviews and by phone. The data obtained were analyzed through stages of qualitative processes, namely data collections, condensation, display, and conclusion (verification). The results showed that the form of stress felt by the OJEK online driver community includes anxiety, worry, restlessness, fear, confusion, emotional and sleep disorders. The stress coping strategies carried out by the OJEK online driver community include accepting responsibility, positive reappraisal, self-control, seeking social assistance or support, and planning for problem-solving strategies. Meanwhile, the live survival strategy carried out by the OJEK online driver community includes (1) making savings, (2) borrowing money from relatives, colleagues, or neighbors, (3) adjusting and arranging daily diets and menus, (4) seeking employment and side businesses, (5) making changes in behavior and lifestyle, and (6) selling or pawning household goods.

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