Resilience and Students with Chronic Illness: A Literature Review of Fostering Resilience into the Lives of Students with Chronic Illness

Taunya Wideman-Johnston


Students with chronic illness (CI) are being given further prospects to attend traditional school settings. The
increasing school enrolment of students with CI provides them the opportunity to participate in the community
beyond their involvement with the medical community as a patient. The experiences individuals with CI
encounter affect their day-to-day lives and ability to integrate into society. Research suggests having a CI and
developing resilience can aid in coping with the adversity present in the lives of those with CI. This paper
examines literature discussing the findings of CI and resiliency, and how nurturing resilience in the education of
students with CI is a valuable contribution to fostering student success. The methods to support resilience in
students with CI in the classroom are discussed and the positive factors associated with encouraging resilience in

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