n South African Journal of Education - The role of personal protective factors in anchoring psychological resilience in adolescents with learning difficulties

Volume 24, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-0100
  • E-ISSN: 2076-3433



In this article I report on a study that focused on the concept of resilience, in order to determine the nature of personal attributes in adolescentswith learning difficulties, who were able to rebound from life's onslaughts, and to continue determinedly along the path ofself-actualisation. The personal attributes impacting on the ability to surmount life's challenges were delineated by an empirical studyfocusing on 20 adolescents with learning difficulties', half of which had demonstrated resilience, whilst the other half appeared to havereneged on self-actualisation. The aim was to provide an in-depth understanding of the phenomenon of resilience, so that vulnerableadolescents might ultimately be therapeutically assisted to choose a more resilient attitude and behaviour. The results of the study delineatednine key personal attributes which anchored resilience and promoted self-actualisation, despite obstacle-ridden circumstances.

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