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ERIC Number: EJ1084344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: EISSN-1696-2095
Divergent Explanatory Production (DEP): The Relationship between Resilience and Creativity
Hernández, Óscar Sánchez; Méndez, Francisco Xavier; Garber, Judy
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, v13 n3 p551-568 Dec 2015
Introduction: The aim of the study is to describe and analyze a new test and construct, Divergent Explanatory Production (DEP), defined as the ability to observe adverse situations from various points of view. At the theoretical level, it is a bridge between the reformulated model of learned helplessness (as a resilience model), and creative intelligence. In this paper the relationship between DEP and creative intelligence is examined, as well as gender differences. Method: The sample consisted of 89 participants from 1st and 2nd year of secondary education from seven schools in the Region of Murcia. Two tests were applied to measure the relationship between DEP and creativity. Correlational analysis, regression and differences of independent means, according to gender and low or high DEP, were performed. Results: The various statistical analyses were applied to reflect whether participants who produced more causal explanations in general and more resilient causal explanations in particular, with regard to hypothetical adversities, were associated with greater creative intelligence. No significant gender differences were found. Discussion: Having obtained interesting results from relating resilient explanatory style to creativity, new studies with larger samples are needed to study its relationship to other pertinent variables (cognitive flexibility, explanatory flexibility, dispositional optimism, curiosity, etc.) as well as its role in hypothesized mediators in improvement in preventive interventions and the treatment of emotional problems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain