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Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology

Youth Resilience and Culture

Commonalities and Complexities

Editors: Theron, Linda C., Liebenberg, Linda, Ungar, Michael (Eds.)

  • Focusses on the influence of culture on resilience
  • Demonstrates the complex influence of culture(s) on positive adjustment across five continents
  • Challenges the hegemony of Western-born resilience theories
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About this book

Until researchers and theorists account for the complex relationship between resilience and culture, explanations of why some individuals prevail in the face of adversity will remain incomplete. This edited volume addresses this crucial issue by bringing together emerging discussions of the ways in which culture shapes resilience, the theory that informs these various studies, and important considerations for researchers as they continue to investigate resilience. Using research from majority and minority world contexts, ‘Youth Resilience and Culture: Commonalities and Complexities’ highlights that non-stereotypical, critical appreciation of the cultural systems in which youth are embedded, and/or affiliate with, is pivotal to understanding why particular resilience processes matter for particular youth in a particular life-world at a particular point in time. In doing so, this book sensitizes readers to the importance of accounting for the influence of cultural contexts on resilience processes, and to the danger of conceptualising and/or operationalising resilience, culture, and their interplay, simplistically or idealistically. In short, the progressive contents of ‘Youth Resilience and Culture: Commonalities and Complexities’ make it an essential read for resilience-focused scholars, students, academics, and researchers, as well as policy makers, practitioners, and humanitarian workers engaged with high-risk populations.

About the authors

Linda Theron, D.Ed. (Educational Psychology), is professor in the Faculty of Humanities, North-West University, South Africa.  Her research explores why, and how, some South African youth adjust well to poverty, orphanhood, and/or learning difficulties, and how sociocultural contexts shape their processes of resilience (see www.Lindatheron.org / www.optentia.co.za). She is an associate editor of the South African Journal of Education and School Psychology International. In 2013, the Education Association of South Africa awarded her a research medal for her contributions to a richer understanding of resilience processes in South African youth.

Linda Liebenberg, D.Phil., is Co-Director of the Resilience Research Centre, and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Dalhousie University. Her work focuses on the use of elicitation methods and mixed-methods designs in understanding the lives of children and youth living in challenging contexts, with a focus on resilience processes. Her work also includes the design of measurement instruments used with children and youth. She has published and presented internationally on resilience related themes relevant to the understanding of youth across cultures and contexts.  Her publications include the two co-edited volumes (with Michael Ungar, Ph.D.) Researching Resilience and Resilience in Action.

Michael Ungar, Ph.D., is the Killam Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University, Network Director, CYCC Network, and Co-Director of the Resilience Research Centre. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters and 11 books on the topic of resilience and its application to clinical and community work with children and families with complex needs (the Social Ecological Approach to counseling). His latest work includes a clinical textbook Counseling in Challenging Contexts, an edited volume of international papers, The Social Ecology of Resilience: A Handbook of Theory and Practice, and a novel The Social Worker.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Pathways to Resilience in Context

    Wright, Margaret O’Dougherty (et al.)

    Pages 3-22

  • Understanding Cultural Contexts and Their Relationship to Resilience Processes

    Theron, Linda C. (et al.)

    Pages 23-36

  • Resilience and Culture: The Diversity of Protective Processes and Positive Adaptation

    Ungar, Michael

    Pages 37-48

  • Cultural Pathways to Resilience: Opportunities and Obstacles as Recalled by Black South African Students

    Theron, Linda C. (et al.)

    Pages 51-65

  • Resilience Among Zimbabwean Youths with Orphanhood

    Mpofu, Elias (et al.)

    Pages 67-79

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-017-9415-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-94-017-9414-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0717-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Youth Resilience and Culture
Book Subtitle
Commonalities and Complexities
Editors
  • Linda C. Theron
  • Linda Liebenberg
  • Michael Ungar
Series Title
Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology
Series Volume
11
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-9415-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-9415-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-9414-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0717-4
Series ISSN
2210-5417
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 250
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations
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