Resilence in schools for pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties

DClinPsych Thesis

Jessica Townsend 2020. Resilence in schools for pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. DClinPsych Thesis Canterbury Christ Church University Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
AuthorsJessica Townsend
TypeDClinPsych Thesis
Qualification nameDoctor of Clinical Pyschology

Section A: This section reviews literature regarding the validation of existing resilience measures within Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) populations. These groups are at enhanced risk of worse outcomes later in life; therefore resilience-enhancement is of particular importance. Despite their use within the literature, it is unclear whether mainstream resiliency measures are applicable within SEND groups.

Nine validation papers were identified, largely demonstrating utility of measures with SEND populations. However, a number of methodological limitations mean firm conclusions cannot be drawn. Several methodological limitations are considered, along with discussions of the challenges and complexities of research in this area.

Section B: This research investigated perspectives from stakeholders of specialist schools for students with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties on defining factors of resilience and the mechanisms involved in its promotion. A three- round Delphi survey was used to explore areas of consensus and divergence between students, carers, care staff and education staff across two schools. Overall, 153 stakeholders participated. Results indicated consensus across a number of statements covering both areas. These spanned a number of systemic levels, offering support for the socio-ecological model of resilience. Clinical and research implications are discussed.

KeywordsSpecial educational needs and disabilities; Literature review; Existing resilience measures ; Stakeholders
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