14-16 June 2017, Cape Town: Linda Theron and Optentia Research Focus Area (NWU) will co-host Pathways to Resilience IV with Michael Ungar and the Resilience Research Centre, Canada.

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Linda Theron

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

Tree growing from rocks
South African students explain their resilience processes Video - South African students explain their resilience

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Pathways to Resilience


Introduction to Khazimula

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New international resilience project


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With the support of the Dean’s Office, Faculty of Humanities, Vaal Triangle Campus, North-West University and Optentia Research Focus Area, Linda Theron and the South African Pathways team hosted Colombian, Canadian and Chinese researchers and community members collaborating in the international Pathways to Resilience project. From 28 July to 1 August 2013, researchers, community members and students reflected on the findings emerging from the Pathways project and considered meaningful ways of disseminating these findings. In particular, there was focus on finding effective ways of partnering with communities so that the quality of available services would be emphasized in interventions towards resilience, and so that interventions would be tailored to the complex cultural contexts in which youths are embedded.


Students, community members and researchers of the international Pathways to Resilience Team on the Vaal Triangle Campus

Lecture on researching resilience

Lecture on researching resilience

In recognition of her resilience-focused research, UNISA’s Department of Psychology of Education invited Linda Theron to be the first guest speaker hosted by this newly constituted department. Linda delivered an address drawing on her experiences of conducting resilience research in South Africa. The address, which urged the audience to challenge the hegemony of western explanations of resilience, was entitled: Researching resilience: Methodological and theoretical reflections.

Linda Theron was invited to organize symposia for both the July 2012 IACCP conference and the July 2012 ICP conference. Both symposia will showcase findings from the five-country Pathways to Resilience Project, that is being led by Dr Michael Ungar (Dalhousie University, Canada; www.resilienceresearch.org). The IACCP symposium is entitled Promoting resilience processes for youth with complex needs: Cross-cultural experiences of service use. The ICP symposium is entitled Pathways to Resilience: Lessons of positive adaptation from a five-country study. Prof Dr Michael Ungar and Dr Linda Liebenberg (Dalhousie University, Canada), Dr Macalane Malindi (NWU, South Africa), Prof Dr Guo-xiu Tian (Capital Normal University, China) and Prof Dr Xiying Wang, (Beijing Normal University, China) are some of the presenters of the papers in these symposia.

The Pathways team has started to disseminate some of the findings about how young people are encouraged to resile. The first dissemination was in Bethlehem on 23 March 2012 in the school hall of a local primary school. Some 57 community members (teachers, principals, religious leaders, newspaper reporters, NGO representatives, social workers and psychologists) accepted the team’s invitation to learn what youth the Bethlehem area report as resilience-promoting. Those present were enthusiastic about the findings and urged the research team to engage in follow-up vi-sits.
The Advisory Panel (AP) that forms an integral part of the Pathways project also received certificates of commendation on this occasion for their selfless service to the project.
The researchers, AP, and community members made much of an opportunity to talk more informally and ask many questions whilst enjoying refreshments.

Some of the AP members and researchers. From left: Mr Tsotetsi, Mrs Linstroöm, Mrs Mokoena, Prof. Linda Theron, Mrs Moloi, Mr Ndaba and Dr Macalane Malindi