Sixteen 13 to 16 year old youth, one boy and one girl from eight research sites (Nova Scotia, Quebec, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, China, India, South Africa and Thailand) where youth are facing more than one ‘tension’ or ‘adversity’ in their communities, participated in the study. We chose to document the lives of 13 to 16-year-olds specifically because of the developmental crossroads they have reached in their interactions with their wider communities.

Youth were nominated to the project by youth advocates in their communities. The youth were suggested to the project because they were seen as being resilient despite the multiple adversities they face, including migration, poverty, racism, and other social and economic risks. In other words, were seen as “growing up well under adversity.” Each research site in Canada was matched with an international research site, based on the nature of the transitions faced by the participant pairs.