Identity Formation and Cultural Resilience in Aboriginal Communities

Authored by: Christopher E. Lalonde

Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415530125
eBook ISBN: 9780203795583
Adobe ISBN: 9781134459292


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The program of research that I and my colleagues 1 have been engaged in, and that I will go on to describe in the pages that follow was never meant to be about resilience. Nor was it meant to be about children in care. It began with studies of identity formation, moved on to encompass studies of youth suicide, and has increasingly come to focus on youth suicide in Aboriginal 2 cultures. Having admitted to all of that at the outset, the reader might feel in need of something by way of assurance that this chapter actually belongs in the current volume. First, I really do have data to report on children in care. Second, the research that we have been engaged in—while not expressly about resilience in the usual sense—actually addresses issues of resilience at a cultural rather than an individual level.

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