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Perceptions of resilience in school-age children: A Singapore study
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Seng, A. S. H. (1999). Perceptions of resilience in school-age children: A Singapore study. Canadian Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education, 7(3), 239-244.
Resilience is a quality that characterizes children who, though exposed to significant stress and adversity in their
lives, do not succumb to the school and life failures predicted for them. Recent research (Grotberg, 1995; Hiew
& Cormier, 1994) suggests ways that schools and communities can protect children from the threats that confront
individuals and families. This paper reports results of an ongoing study on promoting resilience in children in
Singapore. Thirty-nine school-age children from a school-age care center were administered a resilience checklist
(Child's Perception ofResilience Checklist by the International Resilience Research Project, 1995) and interviewed
about their perceptions of resilience. Preliminary fmdings indicate that children draw from three sources of
resilience to help them cope with adversities. The three sources are based upon who and what these children
HAVE around them, who these children ARE, and what and how they CAN do certain things for themselves.
This study also suggests that an ethnographic approach to data collection can provide meaningful information.
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