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ERIC Number: ED478347
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 8
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Cesar Chavez: A Case Study of a Resilient Child's Adaptation into Adulthood.
Gonzales, Julia
Children from poor families exhibit more conduct disorders, chronic illnesses, school problems, hyperactivity, and emotional disorders than children who are not poor. Minority children that are poor face the additional disadvantage of marginalization. Research indicates that support and strong personal skills are needed for such children to be resilient and ultimately successful. Resiliency theory discusses three major variables: risk factors, which are stressful situations and chronic adversity that hinder children's successful development; protective factors, which are variables such as family support, a relationship with community or mentors, and a strong sense of self that outweigh risk factors; and resiliency, the attributes of which are social competence, problem-solving skills, autonomy, and a sense of purpose. A case study of Cesar Chavez provides an example of a resilient individual and provides children with a story that will help uncover ways to develop their resiliency. Cesar Chavez came from an impoverished family, was homeless as a child, lived in impoverished dilapidated neighborhoods, worked as a migrant farm worker, and was a member of a minority group (Mexican American). Protective factors in his life were his supportive relationship with his mother and grandmother, his connection to the church, and his overall positive self-concept. He grew up to become a leader and founder of the United Farm Workers Union. Resiliency theory is used to analyze the success of Cesar Chavez. Educators must learn to foster resiliency and academic success for students. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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