The Resilience Journal: Fostering resilience at the university through a diary intervention

Lohner, Max ; Aprea, Carmela

Document Type: Conference presentation
Year of publication: 2021
Conference title: EARLI (19. : 2021)
Location of the conference venue: Online
Date of the conference: 23.-27.08.2021
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > Wirtschaftspädagogik I (Aprea 2018-)
Subject: 150 Psychology
Keywords (English): Higher education, Reflection, Quantitative methods, Assessment methods and tools, Developmental processes, Experimental studies, Educational technology, At-risk students
Abstract: Fostering resilience of university students has become of high priority to universities in order to support students in difficult times though their studies. Existing interventions, however mainly focus on face-to-face interventions, which are difficult to execute during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to close this gap and support students during this challenging time, a Resilience Journal was developed for this study. In an online intervention, 100 university students were randomly assigned into two groups, which filled out different versions of the Resilience Journal for five days. Resilience and satisfaction with live were measured before and after the intervention, and nine daily items monitored fluctuation in resilience. Results revealed no significant differences between the two groups, but a significant increase in resilience, measured through the Brief Resilience Scale, for both groups combined. Satisfaction with live also increased over the course of the intervention, however not significantly. The results imply that resilience can potentially be fostered though different forms of the Resilience Journal without the need for face-to-face interventions. The Resilience Journal therefore seems to provide an effective, efficient and widely accessible form of intervention with the potential to gain new insights into the dynamic nature of resilience.
Additional information: 19th Biennial EARLI Conference 2021: Education and Citizenship: Learning and Instruction and the Shaping of Futures

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