Mental health specialists and researchers contend that the development of resilience in youth is facilitated at several levels. Relational, cultural, individual, and governmental factors all have a strong influence over the mental well being of young people. Resilience in Action looks at youth interventions with a view to fostering resilience in those living in adverse situations and conditions.
In order to provide a practical approach to the issue, the essays in this volume explore the components of successful interventions, encouraging the transmission of effective practices from one community to another across borders. It is organized into four sections, each dealing with a different aspect of work with at-risk youth. The first section focuses on individual health and the ways in which intervention and therapy strengthen personal resources. The second section explores the dynamics of interventions in relation to specific contexts and localized relationships, emphasizing holistic approaches to youth work. A review of the cultural relevance of resilience follows in section three, and the fourth considers ways of increasing the accessibility to resources that encourage healthy development.
Featuring contributors from a variety of academic and cultural backgrounds, Resilience in Action offers diverse answers to many of the persistent questions mental health professionals ask regarding how to enhance resilience.
Linda Liebenberg is director of research with the Resilience Research Centre in the School of Social Work at Dalhousie University.
Michael Ungar is a professor in the School of Social Work at Dalhousie University and principal investigator of the International Resilience Project.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Understanding Youth Resilience in Action: The Way Forward
LINDA LIEBENBERG and MICHAEL UNGAR
* 1 Putting Resilience Theory into Action: Five Principles for Intervention
PART ONE: PROMOTING INDIVIDUAL WELL-BEING
* 2 Understanding Adolescent Self-Injury from a Resilience Perspective: A Model for International Interpretation
NANCY L. HEATH, JESSICA R. TOSTE, and LANA C. ZINCK
* 3 Discovering How Resilient Capacities Develop in the Midst of Surviving Incest
KIM M. ANDERSON
* 4 Fostering Post-traumatic Growth in Adolescent Immigrants
* 5 Building a Better Mousetrap: Risk and Resilience Processes, the DSM, and the Child Psychiatrist
* 6 Promoting Resilience and Coping in Social Workers: Learning from Perceptions about Resilience and Coping among South African Social Work Students
LINDA SMITH and SANDRA J. DROWER
PART TWO: STRUCTURING SERVICES FOR YOUTH
* 7 Supporting Resilience among Homeless Youth
NICOLE LETOURNEAU, MIRIAM STEWART, LINDA REUTTER,and KRISTA HUNGLER
* 8 The Impact of an Informal Career Development Program on the Resilience of Inner-City Youth
KATHRYN LEVINE and DAWN SUTHERLAND
* 9 Resilience as Process: A Group Intervention Program for Adolescents with Learning Difficulties
* 10 Youth Expedition Programming in Singapore: Building Resilience and Positive Personal Development
MAH-NGEE LEE and SIEW-LUAN TAY-KOAY
* 11 Australian Approaches to Understanding and Building Resilience in At-Risk Populations
LISBETH T. PIKE, LYNNE COHEN, and JULIE ANN POOLEY
PART THREE: CULTURAL RELEVANCE
* 12 Synchronicity or Serendipity? Aboriginal Wisdom and Childhood Resilience
JEAN LAFRANCE, RALPH BODOR, and BETTY BASTIEN
* 13 Resilience in Japanese Youth
JULIE ANNE LASER
* 14 Chinese Approaches to Understanding and Building Resilience in At-Risk Young People: The Case of Hong Kong
FRANCIS WING-LIN LEE and KENNEDY KWONG-HUNG NG
PART FOUR: GOVERNMENT POLICY AND SERVICE PROVISION
* 15 Raising Youth Voices in Community and Policy Decision Making
JACKIE SANDERS and ROBYN MUNFORD
* 16 Policy Responses to Youth in Adversity: An Integrated, Strengths-Based Approach
E. ANNE MARSHALL and BONNIE J. LEADBEATER