ERIC Number: EJ793429
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
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Sociocultural Factors, Resilience, and Coping: Support for a Culturally Sensitive Measure of Resilience
Clauss-Ehlers, Caroline S.
Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, v29 n3 p197-212 May-Jun 2008
This investigation presents 1) a literature review concerning how adversity and resilience influence the development of youth from diverse cultural backgrounds; 2) an examination of measures of resilience with regard to cultural factors that relate to the nature of coping and resilience among young adults from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds; and 3) the exploration of aspects of cultural resilience: childhood stressors, global coping, adaptive coping, maladaptive coping, and sociocultural support. Results for 305 college age women indicated that cultural factors were related to measures of these five aspects of resilience. Childhood stressors were experienced differentially by individuals from different racial/ethnic and social class status backgrounds, supporting proposals that ecological aspects, notably cultural background and experiences, influence the development of resilience. A conceptual framework illustrating how culture contributes to resilience and coping is presented. Implications for the development of a measure of "cultural" resilience and its usefulness for developmental community interventions are discussed.
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Young Adults, Coping, Cultural Influences, Cultural Background, Sociocultural Patterns, Cultural Relevance, Measures (Individuals), Females, Evaluation Research, Intervention
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