A Grounded Theory Approach to the Construction of a Uniform and Sustainable Resiliency Development Theory

A Grounded Theory Approach to the Construction of a Uniform and Sustainable Resiliency Development Theory

Author: 
Leslie Carol McQuilkin
Program of study: 
D.M.
Abstract: 
The purpose of the qualitative grounded theory study was to explore organizational, educational, and social science paradigms of the resiliency phenomenon. Analysis focused on discovering the data that could identify traits of resilience that support the creation of a seminal sustainable resiliency development theory that was functional across all fields of study. The sustainable resilience development theory (SRDT) contains eight major themes. Emergent themes were identified as perceived hardiness, decisiveness, visionary attitude, empathy, will to thrive, emotive strength, internal locus of control, and dedication. The degree to which each individual possessed each trait determined the length of time spent achieving the ability to overcome adversity. Outlying factors impacted the ability for individuals to sustain resilience. The ability to cope with adversity on a personal level impacted the organization; likewise organizational adversity impacted the individual ability to cope effectively with stress. More research will be required to further refine the SRDT however the implications for positive social change were evident throughout the investigation.
Dedication: 
I dedicate this study to the brave individuals who face adversity on a daily basis. To have the courage to endure is in and of itself a manifestation of resilience and will lead you to the path of overcoming if you are willing to see it through until the end. Second, I dedicate this study to the fight my late grandparents William Frew Brown and Mary Scott Brown fought, not with cancer but through adversity. You were and continue to be an inspiration as your spirit lives on through my father Robert. Thank you Dad for everything you do for us and everything you have sacrificed. Mom, I know it has been hard being a caretaker for the ill in our family, and I find it hard to ignore your courage, beauty and contributions; thank you Mom. Taylor and Avalon, I was there when you were born, for if it were not by the grace of God and the innate resilience you possess, none of us could have survived the past decade; I love you, thank you and flying hugs. To my twin sister Jessica, I have seen so much in you that lives in me; this includes a strong resilient nature. I want you to know I admire your fortitude and most of all I love you. To my husband Michael, I dedicate this research, for you have seen your fair share of adversity in this lifetime and have shown me true courage and strength in the best and worst of times. Finally, I dedicate this research to our future daughter Isabelle; we have loved her long before she was conceived.
Acknowledgements: 
There were many individual who supported, guided, and gave me the push necessary to overcome some challenges along this doctoral journey. I needed encouragement to forge ahead and despite the time I spent in research, the time I spent away from family and friends I could always depend on those around me to help out. I want to thank my committee, you are amazing. Dr. Weinbaum, my chairperson, you acted as a beacon, guiding me and encouraging me to finish my journey. I want to thank Dr. Van Cleave. You were the first professor I had at UoPx and you have made a difference in my life; your mentorship from day one has changed my life in ways I can never repay. Dr. Bob, there are no words for how hard and far you have pushed me as a researcher. You pushed me to always ask myself the hard questions. When I searched for honesty you were never afraid to share and because of you I am a well-developed scholar, thank- you. I want to thank all those wonderful respondents who participated in the study. Your stories are forever engrained in this study, and yes indeed will ultimately change lives. Finally, to all my doctoral friends I have met along the way. Your journeys have inspired me and have been the motivational fuel to bring this journey to its ultimate end. Thank you.