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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.     

Methodological Challenges in the Study of Resilience
Methodological challenges in the study of resilience
William H. Barton

Among the many existing definitions of resilience, those of Masten (1994) and Richman and Fraser (2001), considered together, may be the clearest and most comprehensive. Masten (1994) defines resilience as “successful adaptation despite risk and adversity” (p. 3). She further states that resilience refers to successful adaptation either (a) in the presence of high risk, (b) despite stressful experiences, or (c) in recovery from trauma. In summarizing several definitions of resilience, Richman and Fraser (2001) note that “resilience requires exposure to significant risk, overcoming risk or adversity, and success that is beyond predicted expectations” (p. 6). Moreover, most resilience scholars agree that resilience is not just a characteristic of an ...

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