Students from residential treatment facilities are at risk for school failure and dropping out of high school. Students within the residential facility environment often do not receive a consistent K-12 educational experience, resulting in failing grades and a tendency to drop out before graduation. Students in such environments may lack family support, which may contribute to poor social development and low self-esteem. The purpose of this quantitative correlation study was to assess whether resiliency factors are related to academic success for students in grades fourth through twelfth who received their education in a Virginia residential treatment facility and were either identified as sexual abusers or offenders, experienced substance abuse, or demonstrated truancy. The Resilience Scale for Children and Adolescents (RSCA), comprised of a 20-item self-interpreted questionnaire was administered to 39 students in the treatment facility. Results of the questionnaire were then correlated with the results of the Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT) results (administered during student entrance of the facility). Results showed that grade level significantly predicted the WRAT scores of the students, and that there were significant differences in the grade-level responses. Students in grades sixth to eighth responded differently than those in high school. The results of the multiple regression analysis revealed that linearity was evident, as assessed by partial regression plots and a plot of participant residuals against predicted values. Recommendations for future research include measuring the impact amongst elementary through high school students, to capture how overcoming external factors may contribute to academic success and resiliency had they not been admitted to a residential treatment facility; and using an experimental approach to encompass other facilities in the state or area.
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Academic, At-risk, Growth mindset, Residential facility, Resilience|
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