Protective factors and resilience among college students

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dc.contributor Thoma, Stephen
dc.contributor Robinson, Cecil D.
dc.contributor Curtner-Smith, Mary Elizabeth
dc.contributor Stinnett, Nick
dc.contributor.advisor Lo, Celia C. Johnson, Ebony L. 2017-03-01T14:38:28Z 2017-03-01T14:38:28Z 2011
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000529
dc.identifier.other Johnson_alatus_0004D_10640
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This study's main goal was to examine the impact of internal and external protective factors on resilience among college students. While much of the literature on resilience focuses on children and younger adolescents, there are relatively few studies that examine resilience levels among college students and the adult population in general. Specifically, this study examined the internal protective factors of optimism, self-efficacy, and dimensions of psychological well-being and the ways in which they predict resilience levels among college students. The effects of optimism, self-efficacy, and psychological well-being on college students' resilience levels were also hypothesized to be different between different genders and between different races. Data were collected in the spring and fall at a large southeastern university. A survey design was employed in this study to analyze resilience levels among a sample of college students. Multiple regression techniques were used to analyze the data. The results confirmed the protective effects of self-efficacy, external protective factors, and two dimensions of psychological well-being. Empirical evidence shows that some of the internal protective factors operate differently in explaining resilience among different racial and gender groups. Implications are discussed.
dc.format.extent 112 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Educational Psychology
dc.title Protective factors and resilience among college students
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling Educational Psychology The University of Alabama doctoral Ph.D.

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