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Michael Ungar & Linda Liebenberg

In: Handbook for Working with Children and Youth: Pathways to Resilience across Cultures and Contexts

Chapter 13: The International Resilience Project: A Mixed-Methods Approach to the Study of Resilience across Cultures

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The International Resilience Project: A Mixed-Methods Approach to the Study of Resilience across Cultures
The international resilience project: A mixed-methods approach to the study of resilience across cultures
MichaelUngarLindaLiebenberg

Typically, studies of resilience have employed designs that integrate established test instruments with demonstrated reliability and validity from studies of mental and social functioning. Few of these instruments, and the studies that use them, account sufficiently for their Eurocentric bias when working in high-risk environments. Furthermore, researchers have made only limited attempts to understand the contextual variability of health resources such as family structure, financial security, or even exposure to violence. Combined, social and cultural factors shape the meaning a child attaches to his or her experience of risk factors. With these concerns in mind, the International Resilience ...

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