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ERIC Number: EJ778434
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0001-8449
Unique Pathways to Resilience across Cultures
Ungar, Michael; Brown, Marion; Liebenberg, Linda; Othman, Rasha; Kwong, Wai Man; Armstrong, Mary; Gilgun, Jane
Adolescence (San Diego): an international quarterly devoted to the physiological, psychological, psychiatric, sociological, and educational aspects of the second decade of human life, v42 n166 p287 Sum 2007
An international mixed methods study of resilience of 14 sites in eleven countries identified seven tensions that youth resolve in culturally specific ways. Resolution of these tensions is foundational to experiences of resilience. This paper reports on the qualitative findings from interviews with 89 youth. Results support a culturally embedded understanding of positive youth development that better accounts for young people's resilience in western and nonwestern countries. Specifically, the seven tensions identified include: access to material resources, relationships, identity, cohesion, power and control, social justice, and cultural adherence. Findings show that no one pattern in the resolution of these tensions predicts resilience better than another. A case study of a Palestinian boy demonstrates the intersection of the seven tensions and the uniqueness of their resolution. The implications of this work for interventions is discussed. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.) [Partial support for this study was provided by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Palestine