Resilience: A report on 100,000 Australian school students

Abstract:
Resilience is a bi-directional relationship between developmental capitals/assets, constructive capabilities and positive psychological systems/competencies which are fundamental to the social and emotional wellbeing of children and adolescents. This study extends an earlier study by J-F et al. (2015) and it specifically shows how developmental assets, health, hope and proficient comportments contribute towards resilience. A total of 100,000 Australian school students took part in the study and completed a Resilience Survey. The findings showed patterns in strengths across the grades, gender, and age with regard to assets, capabilities and competencies among school students. This study is the first of its kind, wherein it accounted for the volume of different assets, strengths, and resources; and further how they come to contribute towards resilience. To this end, resilience allows a broader framework for inclusive education as it ensures learning to be built upon valuing strengths and fortes in each student. Implications of the findings are discussed within an education context.

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