Journal Article

Resilience across Cultures

Michael Ungar

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 38, issue 2, pages 218-235
Published in print February 2008 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online October 2006 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Resilience across Cultures

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Findings from a 14 site mixed methods study of over 1500 youth globally support four propositions that underlie a more culturally and contextually embedded understanding of resilience: 1) there are global, as well as culturally and contextually specific aspects to young people’s lives that contribute to their resilience; 2) aspects of resilience exert differing amounts of influence on a child’s life depending on the specific culture and context in which resilience is realized; 3) aspects of children’s lives that contribute to resilience are related to one another in patterns that reflect a child’s culture and context; 4) tensions between individuals and their cultures and contexts are resolved in ways that reflect highly specific relationships between aspects of resilience. The implications of this cultural and contextual understanding of resilience to interventions with at-risk populations are discussed.

Keywords: resilience; cross-cultural research; cross-cultural practice; culture; ecological theory

Journal Article.  8212 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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