Capstone/Dissertation Title

Resiliency: development & support an autoethnography

Term

2008

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Abstract

Resiliency is an important and rich topic. The research question How was resiliency developed and supported in my childhood and adolescent experiences? identifies resiliency assets and their function to mediate hardships. The purpose is to increase understanding of resiliency's dynamic structure to develop and support assets in youth. The Search Institute provides the most complete model of forty resiliency assets organized by external and internal categories that contribute to the positive development of youth. This capstone breaks from traditional quantitative research and uses a qualitative method autoethnography, where the subject is the researcher and uses the self to answer the research question. This study of resiliency is a divergent, but complementary, perspective of resiliency theory. Conclusions include that it is more common to be resilient than not, and the most profound assets are positive adult relationships, high expectations, motivation, personal power, and a positive view of the future.

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