International Council for Education, Research and Training

Resilience, Emotional Reactivity, Positive Attachment and Alienation among Adolescents of Indian Origin Residing in Australia

Shende, Santosh S.1 and Kadam, Gauri S2

1,2Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, India


There is limited research exists on the adaptation of Indians in Australia, posing challenges for first-generation immigrants with transnational ties and values from their homeland. The adjustment difficulty may affect second-generation Australians, particularly in terms of their value systems. This study explores the correlation between Resilience, Emotional Reactivity, Positive Attachment, and Alienation among second-generation Indian-Australian teenagers. This study aims at finding correlation and gender differences in Resilience, Emotional Reactivity, Positive Attachment and Alienation among adolescents of Indian origin raised within Indian immigrated families residing in Australia. Total 180 adolescents of both Genders (Male N= 107, Female N= 73), were included in the study. ‘Resiliency Scales for Children and Adolescents (RSCA) by Sandra Prince-Embury (2006)’ and ‘Bell Relationship Inventory for Adolescents by Morris D Bell, PhD. (BRIA) 2005’ were the tools used. Pearson Correlation indicated that Resilience and Positive attachment are positively correlated. Alienation and Emotional reactivity were positively correlated, whereas negative correlation was found between Resilience and Alienation. In terms of Gender difference females showed higher Emotional reactivity than males.


Keywords: Resilience, Emotional Reactivity, Alienation, Indian- Immigrants, Adolescents

Impact Statement


Raising children in this diverse environment presents unique challenges, especially for first-generation immigrants with less adaptable cultural values. Teenagers may face cultural conflicts during their transition to independence. The proposed study examines behaviours predicting successful transition into independent living and employment among immigrant adolescents. Insights from this research will aid in developing resilience and relationship styles that support young immigrants’ integration and independence in Australia. The study’s findings have significant implications for policy development, educational programs, and community support services, offering strategies to better assist immigrant families and their children.

About Author/s

Santosh Shende


Author is a dedicated and skilled counsellor, facilitator, and caseworker with extensive clinical experience and training. He possesses a comprehensive understanding of the Australian community welfare sector and excels in delivering services within this framework. He demonstrates exceptional ability to build rapport and work effectively with individuals, families, and children. He has proven success in multidisciplinary teamwork environments, with excellent networking skills and a strong track record of working with rural and remote Australian Indigenous communities. He exhibits excellent leadership and people management capabilities, coupled with a thorough understanding of health, safety, and quality assurance systems.



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