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Search Institute:

In an effort to identify the elements of a strength-based approach to healthy development, Search Institute developed the framework of developmental assets. This framework identifies 40 critical factors for young people's growth and development. When drawn together, the assets offer a set of benchmarks for positive child and adolescent development. The assets clearly show important roles that families, schools, congregations, neighborhoods, youth organizations, and others in communities play in shaping young people's lives. Search Institute is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian organisation in North America whose mission is to advance the wellbeing of adolescents and children by generating knowledge and promoting its application. Their site also contains a page about the Healthy Communities - Healthy Youth Initiatives group.

Selected documents:

(Note: this is not a definitive list on the topic of resilience)

  • Developing resilience at every stage of a young person's life
    This Mission Australia document (December 2004, PDF no longer available) gave a snapshot of youth aged 6-16 years and their families. It outlined evidence about brain development and key points of effective intervention, and highlighted the importance of developing resilience at every stage of a young person's life. See the author's conference paper about this resource.
  • Young adolescents displaying resilient and non-resilient behaviour: Insights from a qualitative study: Can schools make a difference? by Sue Howard and Bruce Johnson (University of South Australia) See: Australian Association for Research in Education conference papers
  • How to succeed with developing resilience, by Jen Allen, Michele Murray and Kelli Simmons, 2005, Curriculum Press, ISBN 1863667768. This is a teacher's resource that explores a range of strategies for developing resilience in learners of all ages.
  • 'Psychological resilience in disadvantaged youth: A critical overview', by J. Harvey and P Delfabbro, Australian Psychologist, v.39, n.1, March 2004, pp.(3)-13.
  • 'Broadening social networks for girls and particularly for boys: Outcomes of a coping skills program', by N. L. Smith, E. Frydenberg, and C. Poole, 2003, Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, v.13, n.1,  pp.22-35.
  • 'The immediate and long-term impact of trauma on children and young people: The implications of placement in detention centres for recovery from trauma and development of resilience', by A. Chauvin, 2003, in Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Australia: Issues of Mental Health and Wellbeing, edited by Diane Barnes, 2003, pp.40-54.
  • The ACE (Adolescents Coping with Emotions) program: Working with schools to promote emotional health and prevent depression, by N. Kowalenko, A. Wignall, R.M Rapee, J. Simmons, K. Whitefield, and R. Stonehouse, 2002, Youth Studies Australia, v.21, n.2, pp.23-30 (June).
  • 'Reducing the risk: Factors that improve the outcomes in the lives of young people',  presentation by Prof. Robert Blum, University of Minnesota, to the AUSYOUTH National Provider Reference Group, Melbourne, March 2002, on the factors that contribute to positive youth development outcomes. (Available as a PDF document from the AUSYOUTH web site, archived by the federal government's website, thesource.
  • 'Rural resilience: Youth "making a life" in regions of high unemployment', by Joan Abbott-Chapman, 2001, Youth Studies Australia, v.20, n.3, pp.26-31.
  • 'Youth resilience in foreign lands', by N. Dusevic, Youth Suicide Prevention Bulletin, n.5, Feb 2001, pp.14-17.
  • 'Bungy jumping through the ups and downs of life', by A. Fuller, 2000, AQ, Journal of contemporary analysis, v.72, n.1, pp.25-27.
  • 'Investing in community: Building capacity in culturally diverse communities to enhance resilience in young people and their families', by B. Mudaly, 1999, Youth Studies Australia, v.18, n.4, pp.40-48.
  • Apfel, R. and Simon, B. 1996, Minefields in their hearts: The mental health of children in war and communal violence, Yale University Press, ISBN 0300065701.
  • 'Youth subcultures and resistance: Desperately seeking solutions', by M. McFadden, 1993, in Youth subcultures: Theory, history and the Australian experience, edited by R. White, Hobart, Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, pp.151-156.
  • 'Adolescent resilience: The potential impact of personal development in schools', by B. Raphael, 1992: Paper presented at the 5th Australian Rotary Health Research Fund International Conference, 1992: Australian National University) in: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, v.29, supp.1, Dec 1993,pp.31-36.
  • Health issues for Aboriginal youth: Social and cultural factors associated with resilience by M. Brady: Paper presented at the 5th Australian Rotary Health Research Fund International Conference, 1992: Australian National University) in: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, v.29, supp.1, Dec 1993, pp.56-59.
  • Anthony, E.J. and Cohler, B.J. (eds )1987, The invulnerable child, Guilford Press, ISBN 0898622271.
  • Gilligan, R. 1997, Beyond permanence: The importance of resilience in child placement practice and planning, Adoption and fostering v. 21, n.1, pp.12-20. See also also Robbie Gilligan's list of publications on resilience and related topics on the web. (Adoption and fostering is the quarterly journal of British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering.)
  • Haggerty, R.J., Sherrod, L.R., Garmezy, N. and Rutter, M. (eds), 1996, Stress, risk, and resilience in children and adolescents: Processes, mechanisms, and interventions, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0521576628.
  • Hyland, J. 1995, 'The resilience factor', Child Care Forum, v.4, July, p.14ff.
  • Joseph, J.M. and Redlener, I. 1994, The resilient child: Preparing today's youth for tomorrow's world, Insight Books, ISBN 0306446464.
  • Katz, M., 1997, On playing a poor hand well: Insights from the lives of those who have overcome childhood risks and adversities, W.W. Norton and Company, ISBN 0393702324.
  • McKay, A. 1999, 'Resilient kids', Child and youth care, v.17,n.3. (Child and Youth Care is a journal for all who work with troubled children and youth at risk, published by the National Association of Child Care Workers, South Africa, ISSN 0258-8927)
  • Rutter, M. 1993, 'Resilience: Some conceptual considerations', Journal of Adolescent Health, v.14, n.8, pp.626-31. (33 references) Michael Rutter discusses resilience and gives an overview of research and ideas about resilience (the ability to "escape" damage from serious adversarial experiences). He reviews the study of resilience, discusses resilience and exposure to risk, and explores its possible origins and summarises current knowledge about protective processes.
  • Seligman, M.E.P. 1998, Learned optimism, Pocket Books, ISBN 0671019112.
  • Seligman, M.E.P., Reivich, K., Jaycox, L. and Gillham, J. 1996, The optimistic child, Harperperennial Library, ISBN 0060977094.
  • Werner, E.E. and Smith, R.S. 1992, Overcoming the odds: High-risk children from birth to adulthood, Cornell University Press, ISBN 0801480183.

Other bibliographies:

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The Resilient Families program: Promoting health and wellbeing in adolescents and their parents during the transition to secondary school, by Alison Shortt, John Toumbourou, Rianna Chapman & Elke Power.
v.25, n.2, 2006, pp.33-40.

Rural resilience: youth 'making a life' in regions of high unemployment, by Joan Abbott-Chapman
v.20, n.3, 2001, pp.26-31.

Programs and projects: Investing in community: Building capacity in culturally diverse communities to enhance resilience in young people and their families, by Bala Mudaly
v.18, n.4, 1999, pp.40-48.