—This paper presents a study of youth’s sustainability in coping with their life challenges from the risk and resilience conceptual framework. Specifically, the study examined the negative life events experienced by female and male respondents and how they cope with their challenges. A total of 428 youths (between 16-25 years old) participated in this study. Results showed that there seemed to be differences in the types of negative life events experienced by both female and male respondents. Female respondents seemed to be slightly more affected with emotional problems whereas male respondents seemed to be more prone to substance abuse and truancy. The mean scores of coping abilities of the respondents as a whole were generally fair ( M
= 3.37, SD
= .38) with respondents reporting higher mean scores in Problem-Focused than Non-Productive Coping. The author concludes that individuals, who construe positive aspects of their experience, are better adjusted to problems and thus reflect their sustainability to meeting challenges in today’s world.
—Coping Abilities, Negative Life Events, Resilience, Risk.
M.N.Lee is currently with the University of Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kampar Campus, Malaysia (e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cite:Mah Ngee Lee, "Applying Risk and Resilience Framework in Examining Youth’s Sustainability in Coping with Life’s Challenges," International Journal of Trade, Economics and Finance vol.2, no.5, pp. 407-411, 2011.