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Protective factors and the development of resilience among boys from low-income families

Vanderbilt-Adriance, Ella (2006) Protective factors and the development of resilience among boys from low-income families. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of the study was to advance our understanding of resilience by studying multiple protective factors associated with positive adjustment among an ethnically diverse sample of 226 low-income boys followed prospectively from ages 1.5 to 12, using trajectories of neighborhood quality from ages 1.5-10 to define risk status. The results indicated that child IQ, nurturant parenting, parent-child relationship quality, and marital quality measured in early childhood were all significantly associated with a composite measure tapping low levels of antisocial behavior and high levels of social skills at ages 11 and 12. However, these results were qualified by the fact that marital quality was only significantly related to positive social adjustment in the context of low levels of risk. Results suggest that with the exception of marital quality, these protective factors operate in a comparable manner with respect to positive social adjustment for this predominantly low-income urban sample of boys.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Vanderbilt-Adriance, Ellaelv4@pitt.eduELV4
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairShaw, Daniel S.casey@pitt.eduCASEY
Committee MemberSilk, Jennifer
Committee MemberMcCall, Robert B.rmccall@ocd.pitt.eduMCCALL2
Committee MemberCampbell, Susan B.sbcamp@pitt.eduSBCAMP
Date: 28 September 2006
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 21 April 2006
Approval Date: 28 September 2006
Submission Date: 8 June 2006
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: protective factors; neighborhood risk; resilience
Other ID:, etd-06082006-154603
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:46
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:44


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