Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Arthur Ellis, Ed.D.
Frank Kline, Ph.D.
Rick Eigenbrood, Ph.D.
William J. Rowley, Ed.D.
resiliency, adversity, faith, assets, protective factors, risk
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 .
Stuart, Timothy S., "Children At Promise: An Investigation of the Perceived Presence of Supportive Relationships in the Life of a Child and that Child's Ability to Perceive the Benefits of Adversity" (2003). Education Dissertations. 5.