Master's Theses

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access

Date of Award

Summer 2002

Degree Name

Education Specialist (Ed.S)


Advanced Education Programs


Carol L. Patrick


Resiliency theory is based on the idea that a person will maintain faith in the future despite adversity, and with the help of others, will be able to overcome almost any obstacle (Krovetz, 1999b). Alternative schools were developed to provide at-risk students with the opportunity to avoid academic and social failure while striving to prevent them from dropping out of school or becoming adjudicated (Fuller & Sabatino, 1996). This research was designed to examine the relation between resiliency theory and alternative education by using archival data from students enrolled at Westside Alternat1ve School from the past 10 years. The purpose of the study was to examine which characteristics predicted that the students would return to the mainstream school. Results indicated that the only significant predictors were previous out of home placements and juvenile authority involvement. Students who had previously been placed out of the home or involved with the juvenile justice authorities were more- likely not to return to the mainstream school.


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Copyright 2002 Lena M. Kisner

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