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ERIC Number: ED419214
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 37
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Resiliency: A Comparison of Construct Definitions Arising from Conversations with 9 Year Old - 12 Year Old Children and Their Teachers.
Dryden, John; Johnson, Bruce; Howard, Sue; McGuire, Alex
Much research has focused on the concept of resilience, which is defined as the process of, capacity for, or outcome of successful adaptation despite challenging circumstances. To examine resilience in school children, small group interviews were conducted with 9-12 year-old children (N=125) drawn from five primary schools in South Australia. The groups were composed of three or four children and who were asked broad questions around four construct areas: (1) tough life (at risk environment); (2) kids with a tough life who are "doing OK" (displaying resilience); (3) kids with a tough life who are "not doing OK" (displaying non-resilience); and (4) protective factors that contribute to the different pathways. The interviews were also conducted with 25 teachers in the schools. In comparing the definitions of resiliency arising out of dialogue of children and their teachers, it became evident that similarities and differences existed both within and across coded categories. Two of the most prominent themes were those of relationships and beliefs. Analysis of these themes supports the position that resiliency is a multi-faceted construct with critical contextual and perceptual dimensions. The report recommends community programs that are contextualized for an Australian urban community and, most importantly, arise out of the perceptions of school children. (MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia