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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
School of Teacher Education and Leadership
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This study investigates the processes of resiliency and the turning points of decision-making in youth from at-risk environments. The study utilizes a constructivist, qualitative approach, to examine indicators of resiliency from both an individual and contextual perspective. The narrative descriptions of eleven adults from at-risk childhoods are analyzed through biographical interviews.
Analyses were completed to determine common factors that contribute to the process of resiliency in successful adults. Results indicate that the influences of risk on healthy functioning are modified by shifting environmental protective factors, resources, and developed attributes of self-efficacy. Risk and adversity had a strengthening effect that contributed to participant success in adult life.
Monson, Michael E., "Turning Points and Protective Processes: A Qualitative Study on Resilient Youth Through Their Perspective as Resilient Adults" (2006). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 8353.
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