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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 ...

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