Original Articles

Positive Adaptation in a Community of Postgraduate Students: Applying the Mmogo-method™

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 20, issue 1, 2010 , pages: 85–92
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2010.10820346
Author(s): Vera RoosNorth-West University, South Africa, Grant StrongNorth-West University, South Africa

Abstract

This study explored the experiences of postgraduate psychology students exposed to continuous challenges and described their positive adaptation as a community. Three males and 14 females (age range: 23–30 years; 1 black, 3 coloured, 2 Indian and 11 white) took part in the study. Data were obtained through the Mmogo-method™, group discussions on the visual presentations, written texts and an in-depth interview. The findings indicated that threats from outside as well as from within a community have implications for the community's positive adaptation. Positive adaptation develops through cyclical processes. It depends on the availability of tangible (financial, teaching) and personal (humour) resources. Among the outcomes of positive adaptation are that people who share challenging experiences report a sense of belonging and hope and also respect for diversity. Positive adaptation helps a community strengthen and protect its members.

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