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Friday, June 19 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Children in Care - Lucy Le Mare, Kaitlyn Massey, Ivana Maurović

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Abstract #211
Adoptive Family Processes and Resilience Over Time in Early-Deprived Adoptees from Romania
Presenter: Lucy Le Mare  Co-presenters: Karen Kurytnik, Karyn Audet
Abstract:
The Romanian Adoption Project (RAP), an ongoing longitudinal study of early-deprived children adopted by Canadian families from Romanian orphanages, has presented a rare opportunity to assess the effects of early deprivation and the potential of the post-adoption rearing environment to support resilience. Like most research on post-institutionalized adoptees, the RAP has comprised primarily quantitative investigations addressing differences between and trends within groups varying in levels of early deprivation.  This approach has been useful, but is limited in that knowledge based on aggregated data may be too abstract for application to specific contexts, and individuals.  In this presentation we report on an in-depth exploration of the role of adoptive family processes in supporting resilience in 9 Romanian adoptees who, at age 17, were selected from the larger sample (N=46) as most clearly demonstrating either resilience (N=5) or not (N=4).  Differences in resilience were unrelated to length of deprivation, developmental delays at time of adoption, or early IQ.  Family processes including attachment, parenting styles, and communication about adoption, examined at ages 4, 10, and 17 years, distinguished teens who did and did not display resilience as did self-reports on resilience measures. Links to outcomes in emerging adulthood (age 24) are also explored.

Abstract #223
Evaluating the Efficacy of a Resilience Program for Children and Young People in a Private Clinic in Sydney Australia
Persenter: Kaitlyn Massey Co-Presenter: Tanya Hanstock
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Research into intervention programs that aim to enhance resilience in young people are continually expanding. Evidence suggests that early intervention programs are important in assisting children to overcome difficult circumstances and prevent mental health problems. There are a number of international resilience-based group programs, however few exist within Australia. Two programs that are currently being used in Australia are the Linked-Up (13-16 year-olds) and Connect-3 programs (8-12 year-olds), which are based on the Resilience Doughnut model. They are creative and interactive 6-week group programs designed to help young people find their strengths, improve their social interactions and develop resilient thinking skills. This research assesses the efficacy of the two programs using the Resilience Scale for Adolescents (READ) and the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) for pre, post and follow-up measures. The results will help determine if prevention programs have the potential to be positive and proactive in developing resilience in young people in Australia. Discussion will be encouraged with regard to the use of ecological resilience programs in various contexts. Of particular note is the usefulness of such programs in activating the strong resources within small groups of youth in a private practice setting.

Abstract #224
Meaningful Participation as a Protective Mechanism of Adolescents in Children's Homes in Croatia
Presenter: Ivana Maurović Co-Presenter: Antonija Žižak
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As opportunity to participate in shaping environment (WestEd,2005)  has been shown as a important protective mechanism, aim of this presentation is to explore it's role in various developmental outcomes of adolescents in Children homes (subjective well being, behavior problems, academic competence) trough mix method approach. Quantitative date were gathered via self-assessment, with instruments: List of major life events, Daily hassles of adolescents in residential care (Maurović, 2014), Resilience and youth development module (WestEd & CDE, 2000), Youth Self Report (Achenbach, 1991), Subjective happiness scale (Lyubomirsky and Lepper, 1999). In quantitative part, sample comprises whole population of adolescents age 14 to 18, placed in 15 Children's homes in Croatia (N= 228). In qualitative part, data were collected using in-depth interviews with a 24 participants, age 14 to 21, that were assessed by their caregivers as resilient. According to preliminary data, meaningful participation is predictor of happiness and externalizing behavior problems. Adolescent that were assessed as resilient explained the crucial role of participation in their good developmental outcomes.


Presenters
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Ivana Maurović

Prof at Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation SciencesIvana Maurović is Research Assistant at Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia. She is in the process of finishing PhD thesis „Resilience of adolescent's in Children's homes in Croatia... Read More →
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Kaitlyn Massey

Kaitlyn Massey (B Psych) is a registered Generalist Psychologist and is an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society. Kaitlyn is currently completing a Master of Clinical Psychology through the University of Newcastle, Australia, where she has developed a keen interest... Read More →
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Lucy Le Mare

Lucy Le Mare is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She teaches in the areas of early childhood and social emotional development. Emphasizing the centrality of social relationships and cultural-historical context, her research focuses on risk and resilience... Read More →

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Karyn Audet

Dr. at Douglas College Karyn Audet is a Faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Douglas College. She completed her PhD in Educational Psychology from Simon Fraser University in 2008. Both her MA (Counselling Psychology) and PhD theses addressed risk and resilience in post-institutionalized... Read More →
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Tanya Hanstock

Senior Lecturer/Psychologist at University of Newcastle Dr Tanya Hanstock is a Senior Lecturer in the Clinical Psychology Program at The University of Newcastle in Australia. She lectures in the area of child and family clinical psychology. Dr Hanstock has conducted a number of research... Read More →
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Karen Kurytnik

Dr. at SFU Karen Kurytnik received her PhD in Educational Psychology from Simon Fraser University in 2008. Both her MA (Counselling Psychology) and PhD theses addressed risk and resilience in post-institutionalized adoptees.


Friday June 19, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Archibald Room NAB 3rd Floor, King's College

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