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Wednesday, June 14 • 18:00 - 20:00
Does what doesn’t kill them, makes them stronger? On first and second level violence-resilience in adolescence - Wassilis Kassis (for Sibylle Artz)

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Does what doesn’t kill them, makes them stronger? On first and second level violence-resilience in adolescence
Presenter: Wassilis Kassis (Zurich University of Teacher Education, Switzerland)
Co-Authors: Sibylle Artz
Introduction: About 30% of the adolescents’ experience physical violence in their families. Family violence is implicated in social, not just individual problems; resilience research should therefore examine the relationship between core resilience criteria like (first level resilience) and context dependent factors for modelling a contextualized resilience approach (second level resilience).
Methods: Our (2009-2011) European Commission Daphne III Programme funded questionnaire-based study of 5,143 adolescents (age 14.5), shows that nearly every fourth respondent (23.0%) had been physically abused by his or her parents and almost every sixth respondent (17.3%) had witnessed physical spousal abuse. These data also showed that the chances of remaining violence and/or depression free diminish as the exposure to family violence increases, and that “resilient” adolescents who are violence and depression free despite experiencing physical family violence, were doing significantly worse where school, substance abuse, self-acceptance and optimistic views of the future are concerned than the non-violence exposed participants.
Findings: A single focus based definition for resilience premised merely on the absence of undesirable behaviour is not a sufficient indicator for a positive social and personal development. Thus resilience should be defined not only on individual factors, but also on a range of ecological factors like family, school, and peers.   


Wassilis Kassis

Zurich University of Teacher Education

Wednesday June 14, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Century City Conference Centre Western Cape Town, South Africa

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