Profiles of personal resiliency in youth who have experienced physical or sexual abuse

 

Author(s)Deblinger, Esther, Runyon, Melissa K. and Robert A. Steer
Title Profiles of personal resiliency in youth who have experienced physical or sexual abuse
Source Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment,published online 2 April 2014, pp. 1-9
Date 2014
Document type Journal Article
Summary

The study aims at determining the profile of personal resiliency for youth (aged 7-17) who have experienced physical, sexual or both types of abuse and whether any of the resulting profiles match those that have already been reported for normal youth and youth being treated for mental health problems. The study comprised of 250 youth who were assessed using the Resiliency Scales for Children and Adolescents. The study identified four profiles of resiliency: high resiliency (20%), average resiliency (28%), slightly below average resiliency (30%) and high vulnerability (22%). Youth that indicated to be highly vulnerable described themselves as depressed and were rated by their parents as having more problems than the youth that indicated high levels of resiliency. The study proposes different treatment approaches for youth representing each of the four different profiles as well as suggesting that longitudinal research be conducted to determine whether enhancing resiliency in youth can decrease the development of post-traumatic stress in the future

Keywords Child abuse; resiliency; Resiliency Scales for Children and Adolescents; RSCA; cluster analysis
Topic

Children