Adversity Quotient of Grade 7 Learners of Integrated Schools
Keywords:transitional stage, adversity quotient, coping strategies
Adolescence is a transitional stage between childhood and adulthood. The ability of an adolescent to cope with the adverse challenges and changes in the environment plays a vital role in learning how to be resilient and confidently face all the challenges in life as they prepare themselves to be a responsible and productive member of society. The study assessed the level of adversity quotient of Grade 7 learners as the basis for formulating a Strategic Intervention Plan. The questionnaire, divided into three parts, was used as the primary tool coupled with Focus Group Discussion (FGD) as secondary means of gathering data. The gathered data were analyzed using frequency counting and percentages, arithmetic mean, weighted mean, Pearson Product-Moment Correlation Coefficient, and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) with Tukey post hoc analysis. The findings revealed that the Adversity Quotient of the respondents in all dimensions was low. Among the coping strategies, developing social support and investing in a close relationship is considered an effective way to help learners deal with adversities. Social support from the teachers, the school, and the community helped learners increase their adversity quotient, help bridge the real success of a better teaching and learning process, and help learners transition and continue development towards adolescence. Thus, a Strategic Intervention Plan for Grade 7 learners was designed and recommended for adoption in the Integrated Schools in the City of SanFernando.