When problems just bounce back : about the relation between resilience and academic success in German tertiary education

Faculty/Professorship: Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) 
Author(s): Bittmann, Felix  
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2022
Pages: 18
Source/Other editions: SN social sciences, 1 (2021), 2, 18 S. - ISSN: 2662-9283
is version of: 10.1007/s43545-021-00060-6
Year of first publication: 2021
Language(s): English
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY - Attribution 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-549507
While in the past the concept of resilience was used to explain psychological well-being in extreme situations like enduring poverty, abuse, or war, it has now found broad application in numerous fields of research. It can also be applied to examine how everyday challenges and problems are dealt with, for example in the educational and university context. This raises the question of whether resilience and academic success are correlated. Using German longitudinal data including university and university of applied sciences students in their first four years (2010–2015) we investigate how resilience and various measurements of success (satisfaction, intention to drop out, grades) are correlated using multilevel growth-curve models. We demonstrate that resilient individuals have consistently more positive academic trajectories, have lower dropout intentions, report better grades and are more satisfied with their lives. The effects are exceptionally stable over time, statistically highly significant and of considerable magnitude. This demonstrates that resilience is associated with better outcomes in university students under control of a large number of potential confounding factors and influences.
GND Keywords: Hochschulausbildung; Studienerfolg; Resilienz
Keywords: Psychological resilience, Tertiary education, Germany, Panel analyses
DDC Classification: 370 Education  
RVK Classification: AL 43200   
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/54950
Release Date: 29. July 2022

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