During the first 3 year phase of the research, the IRP team met with and collected data from over 1400 children aged 12-19 in 14 communities in 11 countries on five continents. The age of the youth may vary across sites as each community decides for itself the most appropriate age of the young people involved. However, across all sites we are talking with youth who are making the transition to adulthood. Youth were seen as coping with adversity in different ways; some were doing well according to their communities while others were not.
All participants had experienced at least three culturally significant risk factors such as poverty, war, social dislocation, cultural genocide, violence, marginalization, drug and alcohol addiction, family breakdown, mental illness, or early pregnancy.
Adults were also asked to participate; some adults also experienced adversity and some had something important to say about these issues in their community.