Date of Award

January 2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Department

School of Public Health

First Advisor

Megan Smith

Abstract

This paper uses baseline data collected from the Child Youth Resilience Measure (CYRM) that was administered to a sample of 603 Jordanian and Syrian adolescents living in Northern Jordan during Fall 2015 as part of a broader evaluation of the impact of a mental health and psychosocial wellbeing intervention. Data were analyzed to 1) determine whether the questionnaire performed according to the 3-factor structure predicted in the literature and 2) explore relationships between CYRM scores, individual, family and contextual factors, and measures of mental health, stress and wellbeing. With some exceptions, the predicted 3-factor structure was found within the Syrian-Jordanian sample. While a significant positive relationship was identified between child education level and resilience, demographic variables were not collectively found to be strong predictors of resilience levels, as compared with measures of stress, mental health and wellbeing. While an increased level of perceived stress emerged as a strong predictor of decreased resilience (β=-.267, P<0.001), increased levels of insecurity emerged as a predictor of an increased resilience level (β=0.333, P<0.001). Unexpectedly, a different relationship between resilience and lifetime exposure to traumatic events emerged across nationality subgroup: exposure to traumatic events was a strong predictor of resilience in Jordanians (β=-.249, P<0.001), but unrelated to resilience among Syrians (β=0.000, P=0.999). These findings underscore the need for further research to clarify the relationships between resilience, trauma, and mental health and wellbeing.

Comments

This thesis is restricted to Yale network users only. It will be made publicly available on 06/07/2018

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