Resilience and Sense of Purpose In At-Risk Youth: A Critical Analysis of the Literature
In recent years, researchers have given greater attention to the resilience-promoting asset of purpose. However, an understanding of how to support the development of purpose for at-risk youth who reside in environments of persistent poverty and community violence remains limited. The aim of the critical analysis is to provide a response to this gap in the literature through an exploration of the environmental and phenomenological features that may confound purpose development for this specific population of youth. Principles derived from the phenomenological variant of ecological systems theory (PVEST) provides a framework to understand resilience processes and guided the critical analysis of the literature including the identification of possible supports that may assist at-risk youth in the development of purpose.
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
King, Pamela Ebstyne
Youth with social disabilities, Problem youth, Resilience in adolescence, Resilience