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Quantitative Approaches

The RRC has a history of integrated quantitative approaches where we have both developed and further validated measures related to the study of resilience, and conducted large surveys that have included a broad variety of measures. While we do ask youth to complete long questionnaires, we do this one-on-one with a researcher whenever possible. We also try to make the process highly interactive and personable. We train our researchers to administer this questionnaire so it feels like a conversation. We always read each question aloud to the youth, giving them the option of whether they want to record the responses or if they would prefer we do. This circumvents the youth having to disclose to the researchers that they are unable to read or write which helps to set the tone for the process.

The RRC has developed the Child and Youth Resilience Measure (CYRM) to help measure resilience processes (see also Tools). This quantitative measure is based on an iterative process begun in early 2003 with our partners in more than a dozen countries on six continents. Rather than exporting tools developed in western contexts for use with youth in different cultures, we have been developing measures that include participation of researchers and community members from many different cultures. Our hope has been to introduce novel concepts relevant to resilience that may not be as common among populations with Anglo-European / western backgrounds. The result has been that our measures are sensitive to factors like the social ecologies in which children live, the rites of passage they experience, and their ethnoracial heritage, as well as more common individual qualities like persistence, likeability, and problem-solving.

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