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The Handbook For Working With Children & Youth: Pathways To Resilience Across Cultures and Contexts examines lives lived well despite adversity. Calling upon some of the most progressive thinkers in the field, it presents a groundbreaking collection of original writing on the theories, methods of study, and interventions to promote resilience. Unlike other works that have left largely unquestioned their own culture-bound interpretations of the ways children and youth survive and thrive, this volume explores the multiple paths children follow to health and well-being in diverse national and international settings. It demonstrates the connection between social and political health resources and addresses the more immediate concerns of how those who care for children create the physical, emotional, and spiritual environments in which resilience is nurtured.
Chapter 10: Qualitative Resilience Research Contributions and Risks
Qualitative Resilience Research Contributions and Risks
The emergence of research with a focus on enhancing the capacities of at-risk children, youth, and families has contributed to the refraining of mental health issues in terms of resilience rather than psychopathology. Although this research is noteworthy for its attempt to understand the pathways to survival of children confronted with life's greatest adversities, it has failed to challenge our thinking about youth and the labels they carry. Thus, we continue to distinguish between successful and unsuccessful youth, thereby violating them through methodologically flawed and contextually irrelevant interpretations of their worlds. Our universal version of the lives of children facing multiple risks continues to be guided by a dominant culture deeply imbued with the ...