Towards Understanding the Relationship Between Psychosocial Factors and Ego Resilience Among Primary School Children in a Kenyan Setting: A Pilot Feasibility Study

David Ndetei*, Victoria Mutiso, Anika Maraj, Kelly Anderson, Christine Musyimi, Abednego Musau, Albert Tele, Isaiah Gitonga, Kwame McKenzie

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Abstract

Ego resilience in childhood is linked to positive mental health outcomes but varies across cultures. Kenya presents a unique context in which children are vulnerable to adversity. We therefore hypothesized that Ego resilience traits are found in Kenya. We aimed to: (i) demonstrate Ego resilience in Kenya, (ii) determine associated social-demographic and psychological factors in a non-clinical population of primary school going children, (iii) contribute to the global data base with Kenyan data and (iv) lay the grounds for informed future and more focused studies in Kenya. We used a socio-demographic questionnaire, Ego Resilience scale (ER-89) and the Youth Self Report (YSR). Multivariate analyses showed the only independent predictors of Ego resilience were female gender (p < 0.001) and peri-urban region (p < 0.001). We did not find any association between Ego resilience and YSR syndrome scores in this non-clinical population study. We achieved our aims.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1038-1046
Number of pages9
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume55
Issue number6
Early online date8 Jun 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019

Keywords

  • Ego resilience
  • Psychosocial factors
  • School aged children

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