Linda Theron

Linda Theron (D.Ed.)
Dep. of Educational Psychology
Faculty of Education
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Psychologist (Educational; PS 0063622)

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South African students explain their resilience processes Video - South African students explain their resilience

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Pathways to Resilience

Introduction to Khazimula

(See Pathways to Resilience Page for the complete list of videos )
Included photos / drawings are copyrighted; photos taken by Prof Tinie Theron or Mr Eswill Theron


Professor Linda Theron (Department of Educational Psychology & Center for the Study of Resilience) and Professor Michael Ungar (Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience; Director, Resilience Research Centre, Dalhousie University, Canada) co-hosted the fourth Pathways to Resilience Conference in Cape Town from 14-16 June 2017. Pathways to Resilience IV was the first Pathways conference to be held outside of Halifax, Canada. It was attended by 370 delegates from 54 countries. The theme of Pathways to Resilience IV was on Global South perspectives of resilience. Expanding the resilience discourse first started by the Resilience Research Centre (Dalhousie University, Canada) to the Global South was long overdue, not least because the people of the Global South are so often disproportionately challenged by double and triple jeopardies (e.g., being marginalised and knowing survival-threatening challenges such as climate change and/or armed conflict and/or structural inequality). In the face of the apparently intractable challenges to human wellbeing, knowledge of how and why individuals, families and communities adjust well to adversity is unquestionably important. In particular, understanding how positive adjustment aligns with contextual realities and cultural expectations, and how these vary across and within diverse Global North and South contexts, means that health and wellbeing can be meaningfully supported. Ultimately, optimised individual, family and community functioning is the agenda of resilience research. Undoubtedly in comparing Global South and North accounts of resilience and using subsequent insights to inform meaningful facilitation of resilience, Pathways to Resilience IV advanced this agenda.

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