Title page for ETD etd-04142009-075106


Type of Document Dissertation
Author Hodge, John W.
Author's Email Address jhodge@ullcschools.com
URN etd-04142009-075106
Title Let Our Youth Speak: A Phenomenological Analysis of Resilience in Students with Multiple Risk Factors
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Crockett, Jean B. Committee Co-Chair
Twiford, Travis W. Committee Co-Chair
Bodenhorn, Nancy E. Committee Member
Cash, Carol S. Committee Member
Stamm, Neil A. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Resilience
  • Risk Factors
  • African-American
  • Protective Factors
Date of Defense 2009-03-31
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Resilience is a phenomenon that refers to the ability to overcome risk factors that increase the likelihood of academic or social failure. Considerable research has been conducted to determine what may enhance or hinder the ability of individuals to overcome adversity. Unfortunately, much of the research has focused primarily on factors that place individuals at greater risk of failure. Today in the United States, a number of students experience academic failure due to multiple risk factors. However, the research is clear that there are individuals referred to as resilient who are able to achieve at high levels in spite of many of the same risk factors. This heuristic phenomenological study provides insight, based on interviews with high risk, African-American, young adults, into those factors that enabled them to exhibit behaviors consistent with resilience in spite of risk factors in the home, school or community. The study helps to illuminate their challenges and the reasons for their success.

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