Date of Award

4-2003

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Education

First Advisor

Arthur Ellis, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Frank Kline, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Rick Eigenbrood, Ph.D.

Fourth Advisor

William J. Rowley, Ed.D.

Keywords

resiliency, adversity, faith, assets, protective factors, risk

Abstract

The central purpose of this study is to determine whether there is a correlation between the presence of supportive relationships in a child's life and his or her ability to perceive the benefits of adversity in his or her life. Other possible predictors of a child's ability to perceive the benefits of adversity are explored through a hierarchical multiple regression analysis.

One hundred and forty six (n = 146) high school students were surveyed using the At Promise Survey. The data was collected and statistically analyzed. The perceived presence of supportive relationships in a child's life, and the importance of a child's faith were found to be significant predictors of a child's ability to perceive the benefits of adversity. All other variables observed were not significant predictors of a child's ability to perceive the benefits of adversity.

A literature review of the supportive relationships research and the benefits of adversity research are presented in Chapter 2. Limitations are discussed in Chapter 5 as well as practical implications for educators and recommendations for further study .

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