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Wednesday, June 17 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Resilience in Cultural Context - Linda Theron

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Abstract #58
Culture, Context, and Resilience: Complexities and Caveats
Presenter: Linda Theron Co - Presenters: Robbie Gilligan, Kelly Dean Schwartz, Angelique van Rensburg, Tammlyn Jefferis
In this discussion, facilitated by Prof. Linda Theron, we draw on the findings of three independent projects, that all included African children (9 - 19 years), to challenge unsophisticated and idealistic understandings of how culture and context matter for resilience. To this end, Prof. Robbie Gilligan will highlight what the qualitative findings of the Bamboo Project teach about the resilience processes of Ethiopian children who have been sexually abused/exploited. Dr. Kelly Dean Schwarz will report on a quantitative PYD study that offers insight into the developmental assets of youth living in a rural South African township. Informed by a SEM analysis of the quantitative data of the Pathways to Resilience Project, South Africa, Angelique van Rensburg will foreground the differential resilience processes of two comparable groups of youth from the same traditionally-African social ecology. Using visual participatory data from the same project, Tamlynn Jefferis will show how socio-cultural context enables, but also constrains, the resilience processes of black girls challenged by poverty, violence, and sexual abuse.

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Linda Theron

Professor, North-West University
Linda Theron is a full professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria; an associate of the Centre for the Study of Resilience, University of Pretoria; and an extraordinary professor in Optentia Research Focus Area, North-West University... Read More →


Robbie Gilligan

Prof at Trinity College Robbie Gilligan. Robbie is Professor of Social Work and Social Policy, at Trinity College Dublin where he is also Associate Director (and co-founder) of the Children's Research Centre. He is also an (honorary) Research Fellow at SFI – The Danish Nationa... Read More →

Tamlynn Jefferis

Tamlynn Jefferis, MA (Research Psychology), is a registered counsellor with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. She is a doctoral candidate in the Optentia Research Focus Area, Faculty of Humanities, North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus
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Angelique van Rensburg

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus, Optentia Research Focus Area
Angelique van Rensburg, PhD (Educational Psychology), is a registered psychological counsellor (independent practice) with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, a member of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PSYSSA) and a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Optentia... Read More →

Kelly Schwartz

University of Calgary
Dr at University of CalgaryDr. Kelly Dean Schwartz is Associate Professor in the School and Applied Child Psychology program and Director, U of C Applied Psychological and Educational Services (UCAPES), an on-campus clinic serving children and families Calgary and area. He has a Ph.D... Read More →

Wednesday June 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Alumni Hall NAB 1st Floor, King's College

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