While categorization has always been one of the primary focuses of the social sciences, recent trends within these disciplines have tended to categorize various behaviours as disorders. Researching Resilience challenges this tendency to pathologize, and marks a profound shift in research methods from the study of disorder to the study of well-being. This collection assembles qualitative and quantitative studies from a diverse group of scholars and disciplines, stressing the importance of studying the strength and resilience of youth who are faced with adversity. Working with youth in a variety of cultures and contexts, the contributors provide critically astute analyses of existing scholarship as well as rigorous methods for conducting resilience research in less Eurocentric and more culturally sensitive ways. An important collection, Researching Resilience is unique in approaching interventions with youth specifically from the point of view of research methods and challenges.
Linda Liebenberg is an adjunct professor in the Department of Social Work and the Director of Research of the Pathways to Resilience Research Program at Dalhousie University. Michael Ungar is a professor in the Department of Social Work at Dalhousie University.
Acknowledgments Foreword Bradford Brown Overview 1 Introduction: The Challenges in Researching Resilience Linda Liebenberg and Michael Ungar 2 The Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Children in International Settings Roger A. Boothroyd, Paul G. Stiles, and Katherine A. Best Qualitative Research 3 Participatory Action Research Jackie Sanders and Robyn Munford 4 Not Just the Master Discourse: A Case for Holistic Case Studies of Youth Resilience Eli Teram and Michael Ungar 5 Visual Methods when Working with Youth across Cultures Linda Liebenberg Quantitative Research 6 Cross-Cultural Research on Youth: Avoiding Methodological Hazards Roger G. Tweed and Anita DeLongis 7 Use of Meta-analysis to Study Resilience Factors: An Exemplar Alexa Smith-Osborne Mixed Methods 8 Using Mixed Methods to Understand Resilience David Este, Kathy Sitter, and Bruce MacLaurin 9 Constructing Syntheses: Striving for Convergent Methods for Investigating Youth in Diverse Cultures Ann Cameron Application of Methods 10 Playing Catch-Up: Evaluating a Mathematics Intervention for Disadvantaged Learners in South Africa Johann Mouton and Lauren Wildschut 11 A Sample Research Proposal for a Mixed-Methods Investigation of Resilience: The Pathways to Resilience Project Michael Ungar 12 Transformative Paradigm and Youth Resilience Research Donna M. Mertens Author Biographies Index