Most of us have felt out of place at one time or another. So how do youth who experience adversity cope with this feeling; a youth with a physical disability being educated among able-bodied youth, or an Aboriginal youth living off-reserve in an urban environment, or a child refugee displaced from his/her home community. Using visual methods this research seeks to understand how youth coped with these challenges and how resilience is understood and experienced across cultures from the perspective of youth themselves.
The International Resilience Project (IRP) aims to develop a more culturally sensitive understanding of how youth around the world effectively cope with the adversities that they face. The IRP uses a unique cross-cultural approach that employs both quantitative and qualitative research methods to examine individual, interpersonal, family, community and cultural factors associated with building resilience in youth around the world. In particular, the study has helped to develop the Child and Youth Resilience Measure (CYRM) and a tool box of qualitative research techniques.
The transition from high school into educational and occupational pathways is a bewildering process for many young people and their parents. From the time they start kindergarten to the day they graduate from high school, most youth travel down a relatively straightforward path. They proceed systematically from one grade to another. Everyone their age is doing pretty much what they are doing school-wise, and career decisions are something for the distant future.