Resilience has become a key twenty-first century paradigm in research, practice and policy development concerning individuals’ mental health and wellbeing. Resilience is a process of person-context interaction where individuals navigate and negotiate their psychological, social, cultural and physical resources in order to improve their wellbeing and alter adversity. The existing literature addressing resilience is extensive; however, most of the studies have been conducted in European countries limiting the generalisability of models to Western cultures. Therefore, there is an emerging need to examine the applicability of resilience models to non-Western countries. Overcoming and challenging adversity conditions might require different practices in non-Western contexts.
The Resilience Framework, developed by Professor Angie Hart and colleagues in Brighton, is a strategic approach that promotes wellbeing by supporting its users to act tactically about where to direct their efforts when building resilience. This research will help to refine the internationally renowned Resilience Framework in the light of empirical evidence and contextual diversity. This will be accomplished through cross-cultural investigation of the generalizable versus context specific aspects of the Resilience Framework across Western (UK) and non-Western (Malaysia and Turkey) cultures using a Q-methodology. Q-methodology will help to evidence the Resilience Framework as a set of interventions and will produce a holistic picture of individuals’ resilience.
This research project commenced in May 2015.
The aims of this research project are to:
- Investigate whether the Resilience Framework operates similarly or differently across diverse contexts determined by state/national boundaries.
- Adapt the Resilience Framework for non-Western life orientations.
- Develop an assessment tool for the RF that can provide both breadth and depth of resilience knowledge; that is available in multiple languages (English, Malaysian and Turkish).
Project findings and impact
The research project is ongoing and outputs, findings and impact will be updated in due course.
The Resilience Framework for Children & Young People has been translated into Turkish.
Centre of Resilience for Social Justice, University of Brighton, UK
Amalia Madihie, University of Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia
Salmah Mohamad Yusoff, University of Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia
Emel Teksoz, Mustafa Kemal University, Turkey
Rhian Adams, Newport Mind, Wales
The Resilience Framework is a handy table that summarises ‘what works’ when supporting children and young people’s resilience according to the Resilience Research base. The Resilience Framework forms a cornerstone of our research and practice. On this page we have pulled together lots of useful links so you can find out all about the Resilience Framework.
Communication between autistic and non-autistic speakers: Gemma Williams introduces her fellowship research
Gemma is an autistic Early Career Researcher based at the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice, University of Brighton and a Boingboing volunteer. In this blog Gemma talks about her PhD research, and what she plans to do over the coming year of her fellowship under Prof. Angie Hart’s mentorship.
This evaluation project explores ways to build the capacity of school staff and the commitment of school leaders and other key stakeholders to help them identify and implement specific resilience-based actions using the Academic Resilience Approach.
The Resilience Revolution is delivering an extensive programme of lasting change with disadvantaged young people in the town of Blackpool, through a successful £10.4 million Big Lottery HeadStart funding bid. Their work is based on research into resilience by Boingboing and the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice.
Through this research a team of co-researchers from different generations, professions and backgrounds will co-create knowledge regarding the role of innovative ‘glocal’ civic activism as a mechanism to strengthen young people’s mental health.
Co-produced with parents and carers, the purpose of this research is to better understand what parents/carers in Blackpool think about how schools in their area engage with them and if schools can do more to improve this. We want to make sure that we provide the opportunity for parents/carers to voice their views and to help their children’s learning in school and at home.
Co-produced with a team of ex-offenders this research aims to understand the benefits of employing ex-offenders. We will share our findings with employers who have not yet considered employing ex-offenders as well as creating resources to help them understand what resilient moves they can make when employing ex-offenders.
In this blog Debbie Hatfield, postdoctoral fellow with Boingboing and the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice, talks about her research and what she hopes it will achieve. Debbie’s work includes promoting and developing her PhD findings which looked at patient and public engagement and involvement for commissioning health services.
Co-produced with young people who are part of the Blackpool Resilience Revolution, this research examines how climate change affects the mental wellbeing of young people as well as co-developing resources that aim to increase resilience during climate change.
If you want your PhD research to make a real difference then come and join us. The Centre of Resilience for Social Justice tackles disadvantage and brings genuine change to people’s lives around the world.
This page presents an archive of selected published works from the Boingboing, Resilience Revolution and CRSJ community. This includes key academic papers, submissions of evidence and a few books relevant to the Boingboing approach to resilience.
United we stand is a policy briefing paper produced by all the team members involved in the co-productive research project led by Professor Angie Hart on Youth perspectives on developing resilience to drought in South Africa.