The profile, personal attributes and protective factors of resilient at- risk youth in a State University

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Author: Ma. Lulu L. Loyola, Nove D. Jalandoni, Baby R

Accession Number: WVSURJ0004

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The descriptive study looked at the profile, the personal attributes and protective factors of resilient at- risk youth in the academe as well as identified other factors instrumental in making them resilient. Data were taken from 86 students of the West Visayas State University system. Results showed that the respondents were young (16 -21 years old), female, in good health, and eldest or middle child. They had legitimate birth status, come from intact family structure with with nuclear household composition, and the majority were extremely poor and orphans. As to their personal attributes, spiritual connectedness rank first, followed by cognitive competence, autonomy, and social competence. On the contrary, their protective factors come primarily from school, then the home and community providing almost equal protection and support. Further another significant factor that makes the participants resilient is the presence of care and support from a significant adult, caregiver or teacher, or having at least one strong personal relationship with a role model.


Keywords: at- risk youth, autonomy, cognitive competence, personal attributes, protective factors, resilience social competence, spiritual connectedness

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