Secondary analysis: Bounce Back & Thrive! a Canadian resiliency building program

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    Wozniak, Rashell R
  • Resilience, or one’s ability to respond to significant threat and achieve positive adaptation, is a highly researched and continually developing field of research. Due to the fact that approximately 32% of Canadians reported experiencing a history of physical, sexual, and/or exposure to intimate partner violence, and because roughly 30% of those that experience an adverse childhood event later develop psychopathology, programs to protect these individuals and build resilience are needed. One effective way to foster resilience are resilience building programs. Although they have been developed around the world, programs specific to the diverse Canadian population are sparse. One promising Canada-specific resilience building program is Bounce Back & Thrive! (BBT), a 10-week skills training program for parents with children 8 years of age and younger. The goals of the program are to build resiliency skills in parents and to subsequently use these skills to help their children build resilience to face life’s stressors. Based on the principles of the Penn Resilience Program (PRP), BBT has been operating since 2012 and has achieved promising results, but has not been independently analyzed. Therefore, the purpose of the current project was two-fold: (1) to examine the construct validity of the Bounce Back Subscale (BBS) created by BBT to assess parental resilience by utilizing exploratory factor analysis; and (2) to conduct an independent analysis of the evaluation data to determine the effectiveness of BBT. BBT program developers collected pre- and post-measures of parental stress, symptoms of depression, and resilience, which will be utilized in these analyses. A total of 440 participants completed BBT, and a battery of measures were included in the analyses. Women and participants with higher education experienced greater gains in resilience than male participants and those with lower education. Parents that were currently parenting their children versus those that were not currently parenting experienced greater gains in terms of stress and resilience. Finally, participants that reported higher levels of stress pre-BBT were more likely to experience clinically significant changes in resilience. Future studies are needed to examine the psychometric properties of the BBS, to recruit more fathers to re-evaluate the effectiveness of BBT for male participants, and to examine the efficacy of BBT compared to controls, the effects on participant’s children and whether the effects persist over time.

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    Fall 2021
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    Master of Education
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