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The Study of Youth Resilience Across Cultures: Lessons from a Pilot Study of Measurement Development
Research in Human Development
  • Michael Ungar, Dalhousie University
  • Roger Boothroyd, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute
  • Wai Man Kwong, City University of Hong Kong
  • Tak Yan Lee, City University of Hong Kong
  • John Leblanc, Dalhousie University
  • Luis Duque, University of Antioquia
  • Alexander Makhnach, Russian Academy of Sciences
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Resilience researchers from diverse disciplines and cultural settings face formidable challenges in conceptualizing and developing standardized metrics of resilience that are representative of adolescent and young adult experiences across cultures. We discuss these issues using the case example of a pilot study involving researchers in 14 sites in 11 countries. The goal of the International Resilience Project was to develop a culturally and contextually relevant measure of youth resilience, the Child and Youth Resilience Measure (CYRM). Cultural sensitivity and an iterative research design introduced to the study a number of problems that future studies of resilience will need to address: ambiguity in the definition of positive outcomes; a lack of predictability of models across cultures; and measurement design challenges.

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Research in Human Development, v. 5, issue 3, p. 166-180

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Michael Ungar, Roger Boothroyd, Wai Man Kwong, Tak Yan Lee, et al.. "The Study of Youth Resilience Across Cultures: Lessons from a Pilot Study of Measurement Development" Research in Human Development Vol. 5 Iss. 3 (2008) p. 166 - 180
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