Holocaust survivors' stories of resilience : implications for the educational community for adolescent victims of trauma / by April V. Jones.
The purpose of this research study was to explore the lived experiences of Holocaust survivors to glean positive coping mechanisms and resilience or protective factors that enabled them to overcome trauma as adolescents. Utilizing qualitative methodology and the narrative inquiry approach, the researcher collected data via face-to-face, semi-structured interviews with four Jewish Holocaust survivors. Using five research questions as data sets for guiding the study, results of the study indicated that Holocaust survivors experienced traumatic events that are related to the types of experiences of today's adolescents.Findings suggested that the Holocaust survivors utilized a broad range of positive coping mechanisms such as successful compartmentalization, hope and imagination, religion and spirituality, and positive accentuation to overcome their massive traumatic experiences. Findings also revealed resilience or protective factors of Holocaust survivors such as significant others, personal empowerment, hope and a positive outlook, marriage, family, and vocation. These factors enabled the Holocaust survivors' to transition successfully into adulthood and become "well-adaptors" in society throughout their adulthood. Finally, Holocaust survivors stressed the importance of positive reinforcement and providing support systems for adolescent victims of trauma. Results from this study provided important implications for the educational community in assisting adolescent victims of trauma.
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