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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Doctoral Dissertation


Social Work


Social Work

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Dr. David Royse


Children experiencing trauma and entering child protective services have been continuously increasing. Problems associated with childhood trauma, such as neurodevelopmental disorder, trauma and stress-related disorders, personality disorders, substance use disorder, externalizing and internalizing disorders, academic problems, relational difficulties, and delinquent behaviors, have been found increasing despite advances in trauma and translational research. Children’s trauma is mostly interpersonal in nature and nested in their immediate environment. There is a need for a change in focus from helping children to overcome challenges and adversities to strengthening the resilience-building process by utilizing functional strengths in the environment to achieve sustainable outcomes. This study’s goal was to investigate how ecological community-oriented variables can help strengthen resilience-building processes of adaptive abilities and skills based on cognitive, behavioral, and motivational principles and moderate the progression of risks in children, adolescents, and young adults ages 10 and 21. The results of this study revealed that the ecological models comprising several community-oriented variables were statistically significant in influencing the expected variance on the resilience-building adaptive abilities of children, adolescents, and young adults.

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