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Kirsty Furness

Doctor of Clinical Psychology, (Doctor of Clinical Psychology)
Study Completed: 2014
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Maximizing Potential: The effectiveness of Project K on self-efficacy, resilience,and connectedness

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Enhancing developmental assets (such as self-efficacy, resilience, and connectedness) are central to positive youth development. Ms Furness surveyed secondary school students recruited from Project K (a New Zealand-based positive youth development programme combining a three-week wilderness adventure, a community challenge, and a 12 month mentoring partnership) and a comparison group. She investigated changes in self-efficacy, resilience, and connectedness to school. She found that the Project K group’s level of self-efficacy improved at a faster rate over the course of the programme. Gender difference in initial self-efficacy scores were noted, with females having higher self-efficacy than males. Significant differences in levels of resilience were found: Project K participants begun with lower resilience and improved at a faster rate than the comparison group. No differences between groups in the connectedness to school variable were observed.

Dr Dianne Gardner
Associate Professor Paul Merrick

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