Date of Award

4-2003

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Education

First Advisor/Committee Member

Arthur Ellis, Ed.D.

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Frank Kline, Ph.D.

Third Advisor/Committee Member

Rick Eigenbrood, Ph.D.

Fourth Advisor/Committee Member

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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