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    Ms Jessica Fritz

    University Position
    PhD student


    My main research interest is the study of resilience in individuals who have experienced childhood adversity. Resilience can be described as a process of positive adaptation following exposure to childhood adversity. Childhood adversity is strongly linked with the development of psychopathology in later life. Therefore, I believe that it is crucial that the various interrelated factors that may increase resilience are examined and understood. With my PhD research I aim to model the relationships between resilience factors cross-sectionally as well as longitudinally, spanning adolescence. To study the putative interrelations of various literature-derived resilience factors, I will use cutting-edge network analysis techniques. Establishing the interrelations of resilience factors might help to improve therapeutic approaches for individuals who were exposed to childhood adversity.

    Key Publications


    The Youth and Childhood Adversity Scale: a step towards developing a new measure of adversity and its severity.

    Journal: Eur J Psychotraumatol
    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2021
    Authors: P Schlechter, J Fritz, M Cassels, SAS Neufeld, PO Wilkinson