Introduction

Introduction

The Pathways to Resilience Research Project (PTR) is a mixed methods research study that examines service use patterns, personal and ecological risk factors, and aspects of resilience of youth across different cultures, contexts, and with complex service histories. It began in Canada and now includes partners in at least five countries: Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Colombia, and China.

We partner with communities and service providers in each of the above countries to help them identify:

  • The culturally specific aspects of resilience (strengths and capacities) that young people in their community use to cope with problems.
  • The psychological, social, and environmental risks that young people face.
  • Young people‚Äôs service use patterns, i.e. their use of mandated services like Child Welfare, Corrections, Mental Health, Addictions, and Special Educational Services at school, their use of informal supports from their family and communities, and their use of informal services provided by families, communities and local not-for-profit community organizations.

The Pathways to Resilience Research Project (PTR) is a series of studies that integrates both quantitative and qualitative research methods. It began in Canada in 2007 with funding from the National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC), and will continue until 2014 with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the International Development Research Centre, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology in New Zealand.