Pathways to Resilience IV: Global South Perspectives. 14-16 June 2017, Cape Town, South Africa Paper presentation: A factor structure analysis of the CYRM-28 in South African young people.

31st International Congress of Psychology (ICP2016). July 24 -29, 2016. Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan. Paper Presentation: Latent class analysis of resilience-supporting resources among resilient Sesotho-speaking South African adolescents.

21st South African Psychology Congress: Strength in Unity. 15-18 September 2015. Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, South Africa. Symposium: Resilience-supporting resources, caregiver presence, and quality caregiving: What matters for mental health?

Pathways to Resilience III: Beyond Nature vs. Nurture. 17-19 June 2015, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Facilitated discussion: Resilience in Cultural Context

Education Association of South Africa (EASA) Annual Conference. 11-14 January 2015, Legend Golf and Safari Resort, Mookgophong, Limpopo Province, South Africa. Paper presentation: Resilience and school engagement.

20th Anniversary South African Psychology Congress. 16-19 September 2014, Durban, South Africa. Paper presentation: African youth’s varied pathways to resilience: Implications for practitioners.

2nd South African Symposium on Positive Social Sciences: Towards Thriving Youth, 28-29 October 2013, Optentia Focus Area, North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus Paper presentation: The relationship between services and resilience.

2nd South African Symposium on Positive Social Sciences: Towards Thriving Youth, 28-29 October 2013, Optentia Focus Area, North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus Paper presentation: Khazimula: A resilience-strategy to promote thriving youth.

The International Symposium on Youth and Resilience Perspective, 16-17 October 2013, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China. Paper presentation: Formal Service Provision: A way to resilience for youth in rural South Africa?

International Resilience Symposium, 11 April 2013, North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus. Symposium: What are the major developments in resilience research internationally and in South Africa?

XXXIII Congress of the Inter American Society of Psychology, 26 – 30 June 2011, Medellin, Colombia. Symposium: Pathways to resilience: Formal service and informal support use patterns among youth in challenging social ecologies.


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5th Southern African Students’ Psychology Conference Pre-conference Workshop.  Quantitative research methods and advanced statistical analysis.  28 June 2017.  Unisa, Pretoria, South Africa.


Theron, L.C., & Van Rensburg, A.C. 2018.  Resilience over time: Learning from school-attending adolescents living in conditions of structural inequality. Journal of Adolescence. doi10.1016/j.adolescence.2018.06.012

Van Rensburg, A.C., Theron, L.C., & Rothmann, S. 2018. A social ecological modelled explanation of the resilience processes of a sample of Black Sesotho-speaking adolescents. Psychological Reports.  Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1177/0033294118784538

Van Rensburg, A.C., Theron, L.C., & Rothmann, S. (2018).  Adolescent perceptions of resilience-promoting resources: the South African Pathways to Resilience Study.  South African Journal of Psychology.  48(1),  73-85.  doi: 10.1177/0081246317700757

Van Rensburg, A.C., Theron, L.C., & Ungar, M. (2017).  Using the CYRM-28 with South African young people: A factor structure analysis. Research on Social Work Practice. Advanced online publication.  doi: 10.1177/1049731517710326

Liebenberg, L., Theron, L., Sanders, J., Munford, R., Van Rensburg, A., Rothmann, S., & Ungar, M.  (2016). Bolstering resilience through teacher-student interaction: Lessons for school psychologists.  School Psychology International,  37(2),  140-145. doi: 10.1177/0143034315614689

Van Rensburg, A., Theron, L., & Rothmann, S. (2015). A review of quantitative studies of South African youth resilience : Some gaps. South African Journal of Science(7), 1. doi:10.17159/sajs.2015/20140164

Van Rensburg, A.C., Theron, L., Rothmann, S., & Kitching, A. (2013).  The relationship between services and resilience: A study of Sesotho-speaking youths.  The Social Work Practitioner-Researcher, 25(3), 286-308.


Van Rensburg, A.C. & Theron, L. (2015). Indicators of Risk and Resilience. Retrieved from


Resilience is a process that supports young people to do well in life regardless of the challenges (such as poverty, abuse, orphanhood, etc.) that put them at risk for doing badly in life (such as disengaging from school, becoming suicidal abusing substances, etc.).Importantly, this process needs inputs from young people, but also from adults (e.g., parents, grandparents and other extended family members, teachers, sports coaches, services providers, community leaders, religious leaders, etc.), and peers. At Optentia we are increasingly aware that it is important to learn from young people about what is most likely to put them at risk for negative life outcomes, and what young people consider to be the supports most likely to inform their resilience. Why? Because then adults will be in a better position to provide meaningful supports for young people. This is part of what we explored in the Pathways to Resilience Study, South Africa (2009-2014).

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