Date of Award

2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

School

School of Psychology and Social Science

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

First Advisor

Associate Professor Lynne Cohen

Second Advisor

Associate Professor Terry De Jong

Abstract

The aim of this research was to develop a model that represents how adolescents in the Western Australian context navigate their way to resilience. Resilience was defined as “the outcome from negotiations between individuals and their environments for the resources to define themselves as healthy amidst conditions collectively viewed as adverse” (Ungar, 2004a, p. 342). The philosophical approach was social constructivist and the methodology was mixed, employing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies through grounded theory. The techniques used to gather data included interviewing, focus groups, and questionnaires. There were three stages in the research: namely, developing the model of resilience, testing the validity of the model, and comparing the qualitative findings to a quantitative measure of protective processes related to resilience.

Comments

Questionnaire in the appendix removed for copyright reasons.

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