Proceedings of the 3rd ASEAN Conference on Psychology, Counselling, and Humanities (ACPCH 2017)

Assessing Resilience among Malaysian University Undergraduates

Authors
Nor Shafrin binti Ahmad, Ahmad Zamri bin Khairani, Rahimi binti Che Aman
Corresponding Author
Nor Shafrin binti Ahmad
Available Online February 2018.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/acpch-17.2018.59How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Resilience, Gender, Field of Study, Undergraduates
Abstract

Resilience is a process of adapting well and bouncing back from difficult experiences. It is an essential coping strategy that individuals need to possess when they are facing stress or difficult situations in life. Resilience helps students to adapt and cope with stressors skillfully. Thus, resilience should be a common skill that needs to be learned and developed. This study aims to assess resilience among undergraduates; to examine differences with regard to gender and field of study among undergraduates in a university in Penang. A total of 2604 first year undergraduates (male = 796, female = 1808) participated in this study. The responses were collected using a 26-item questionnaire developed specifically for this study. The result showed that the undergraduates from the School of Health Sciences showed the highest mean score while their counterpart from the School of Electrical Engineering demonstrated the lowest mean score. There is no statistical difference in resilience between male and female undergraduates. Significant differences in resilience, however, were reported between the two fields of study, especially between undergraduates from pure and applied sciences with other schools. The present study also documented moderate and positive relationships between resilience and the acquisition of problem-solving skills. How to improve resilience among undergraduates as well as directions for future research is also discussed in this article.

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the 3rd ASEAN Conference on Psychology, Counselling, and Humanities (ACPCH 2017)
Series
Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
February 2018
ISBN
978-94-6252-457-6
ISSN
2352-5398
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/acpch-17.2018.59How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2018, the Authors. Published by Atlantis Press.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

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