Rejection Sensitivity and Resilience in Orphans

Author: Mehwish Yaseen

Supervisor: Faiz Younas

Degree: M.Sc

Year: 2014-2016

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between rejection sensitivity and resilience in orphans. It was hypothesized that rejection sensitivity would be negatively correlated with resilience. Furthermore, it was hypothesized that there would be the higher level of rejection sensitivity in boys than girls. There would be no gender differences on resilience in orphans. Moreover, it was hypothesized that rejection sensitivity would be the predictor of resilience. Correlation research design was used in this study and the sample comprised of (N = 100) orphans and (n = 50) boys and (n = 50) girls with age range 12-18 years (M = 15.15, SD = 1.76). Rejection Sensitivity Questionnaire (Downey and Feldman, 1996) and Brief Resilience Scale (Smith et al., 2008) was used to assess the rejection sensitivity and resilience. Data was analyzed in SPSS. Results indicated that rejection sensitivity was negatively correlated with resilience in orphans. Moreover, it was found that boys have a higher level of rejection sensitivity than girls and it was further revealed that there was a higher level of resilience in girls than boys. In addition, the finding showed that rejection sensitivity was negative predictor of resilience in orphans. The study has important implication in an education setting to integrate understanding the problem of orphans and the effect on their performances, resolving their conflicts with teachers and peers. Moreover, it has implications for the institulized and non-instituilized communities for orphans in counseling field and for the motivation of the orphans.

Keywords: Rejection Sensitivity, Risk and Supportive Factors, Resilience.

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