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ERIC Number: EJ1138884
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1469-7874
Differences in Resilience between "Traditional" and "Non-Traditional" University Students
Chung, Ethel; Turnbull, Deborah; Chur-Hansen, Anna
Active Learning in Higher Education, v18 n1 p77-87 Mar 2017
Resilience is related to students' well-being and academic success. While challenges associated with students who are from historically underrepresented backgrounds (i.e. "non-traditional students") have been frequently reported, their resilience has received lesser attention. The primary purpose of this study was to compare levels of resilience between "traditional" and "non-traditional" students. First-year students participated in an online mental health survey which included a standardised measure of resilience, demographic questions and an item exploring students' own perception of being "non-traditional". The results showed that students who considered themselves to be "non-traditional" in life aspects, including age, employment and parenting responsibility, had significantly higher resilience compared to self-identified "traditional students". However, resilience levels of students who deemed themselves to be "non-traditional" in other domains (e.g. household income, cultural background) did not differ significantly from "traditional" students. The findings show that life experiences commonly affiliated with being a mature-aged student, including work and being a carer, may contribute to higher resilience. Implications in relation to practice and future research were discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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