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Improves Grit and Resilience

In the summer of 2014, a study was undertaken by Dr. Mimi Gamel as research for her doctoral dissertation.  Her intention was to investigate the impact of 7 Mindsets’ character development and empowerment training on early and middle adolescents.

The study was executed with 45 students aged 13 to 19 from the United States, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, England, China, and South Africa, and two externally-developed and scientifically-validated assessment tools were utilized:

  1. Grit Scale Assessment – Developed by Angela Lee Duckworth at the University of Pennsylvania
  2. Resiliency Scales for Children and Adolescents – A Profile of Personal Strengths (RSCA) developed by Sandra Prince-Embury, PhD

The students were given both the Grit and Resiliency assessments on July 12th prior to a week-long immersive 7 Mindsets training event. They were then given both assessments again on July 18th at the event’s conclusion.

 

Grit

noun  \ ˈgrit \

the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward long-term goals.

Resiliency

noun  |  re·sil·ience  |  \ ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s \

the ability to recover readily from adverse physical, emotional, and psychological circumstances.

Results of Grit Study


For this research effort, Dr. Gamel segmented levels of Grit (the ability to persist on a task through to completion) into three categories: 1) Low, 2) Average, and 3) High. The objective was to see what percentage of students started in the high range vs. the percentage that would end up there by the program’s conclusion.

Measured Increase in Student Grit
Through 7 Mindsets Training

During the pre-test, 11 of the 45 students demonstrated high levels of Grit. At the time of the post-test, 39 of the 45 students demonstrated high levels of Grit. This assessment proves that Grit can be taught through the 7 Mindsets Academy program.

% of Students With High Levels of Grit
Before And After 7 Mindsets Training

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So... what is GRIT?

Grit in psychology is a positive, non-cognitive trait based on an individual's passion for a particular long-term goal or end state, coupled with a powerful motivation to achieve their respective objective. This perseverance of effort promotes the overcoming of obstacles or challenges that lie within a gritty individual's path to accomplishment, and serves as a driving force in achievement realization. Commonly associated concepts within the field of psychology include "perseverance", "hardiness", "resilience", "ambition", "need for achievement" and "conscientiousness". These constructs can be conceptualized as individual differences related to the accomplishment of work rather than talent or ability.

Results of Resiliency Study


For this research effort, Dr. Gamel segmented levels of Resiliency into categories: 1) Low, 2) Average, and 3) High. The objective was to see what % of students started in the high range vs. the % that would get there by the end of the program. This was done for the following subscales:

Sense of Mastery

Before

OPTIMISM
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ADAPTABILITY
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SELF-EFFICACY
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After

OPTIMISM
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ADAPTABILITY
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SELF-EFFICACY
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Sense of Relatedness

TRUST
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SUPPORT
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COMFORT
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TOLERANCE
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Emotional Reactivity

SENSITIVITY
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RECOVERY
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IMPAIRMENT
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