Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


Resiliency is the ability to adapt successfully despite living in adverse conditions. It involves negotiation between risk and protective factors. Researchers have found that resiliency is not necessarily constant but rather contextual. Therefore, characteristics of resiliency, once identified, can be nurtured and to some extent taught. This research study attempts to identify characteristics of resiliency in children who are brought to an outpatient mental health center for behavioral difficulties and assess whether treatment services nurture such characteristics Problem and competence scales were collected from the parents about their children at intake and again for this study. A comparison was made of the scores to determine any change in competence and behavior. Data analysis was limited by the small sample size; however, findings did yield a small change in competence scales and the greatest change in aggressive behavior. Increased knowledge about variables that serve to protect against adversity can be used to tailor intervention models in mental health treatment of children.


SC 11.MSW.1995.Michel.S

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