Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
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.
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.