December 20, 2015


Important Books and Articles about Resilience

Afifi, T. O., & MacMillan, H. L. (2011). Resilience following child maltreatment: A review of protective factors. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 56(5), 266–272.

Alegria, M. Takeuchi, D., Canino, G. et al. (2004). Considering context, place and culture: the National Latino and Asian American Study. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 13(4), 208-220.

American Psychological Association Task Force on Resilience and Strengths in Black Children and Adolescents (2008). Resilience in African American children and adolescents: A vision for optimal development. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from

Bonanno, G.A. & Mancini, A.D. (2012). Beyond resilience and PTSD: Mapping the heterogeneity of responses to potential trauma. Psychological Trauma, 4(1), 74-83.

Bottrell, D. (2009). Understanding ‘marginal’ perspectives: Towards a social theory of resilience. Qualitative Social Work, 8(3), 321-340.

Boyden, J. & Mann, G. (2005). Children’s risk, resilience, and coping in extreme situations. In M. Ungar (Ed.), Handbook for working with children and youth: Pathways to resilience across cultures and contexts (pp. 3-26). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Cyrulnik, B. (2011). Resilience: How your inner strength can set you free from the past (Trans. D. Macey). New York: Penguin.

Gilligan, R. (2001). Promoting resilience: A resource guide on working with children in the care system. London: British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering.

Kirmayer, L.J., Dandeneau, S., Marshall, E., Phillips, K., & Williamson, K.J. (2012). Toward an ecology of stories: Indigenous perspectives on resilience. In M.Ungar (Ed.), The social ecology of resilience: A handbook of theory and practice (pp. 399-414). New York: Springer.

Laub, J.H. & Sampson, R.J. (2003). Shared beginnings, divergent lives: Delinquent boys to age 70. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Leadbeater, B.J.R. & Way, N. (Ed.)(2007). Urban girls revisited: Building strengths. New York: New York University Press.

Lerner, R.M., Dowling, E.M. & Anderson, P.M. (2003). Positive youth development: Thriving as the basis of personhood and civil society. Applied Developmental Science, 7(3), 172-180.

Luthar, S. (Ed.)(2003). Resilience and vulnerability: Adaptation in the context of childhood adversities. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Luthar, S.S., Cicchetti, D., & Becker, B. (2000). The Construct of Resilience: A Critical Evaluation and Guidelines for Future Work. Child Development, 71(3), 543-562.

Masten, A. S. (2014). Ordinary magic: Resilience in development. New York: Guilford.

Martin, A.J. & Marsh, H.W. (2008). Academic buoyancy: Towards an understanding of students’ everyday academic resilience. Journal of School Psychology, 46, 53-83.

Prilleltensky, I. (2012). Wellness as fairness. American Journal of Community Psychology, 49, 1-21.

Rutter, M. (2013). Annual research review: Resilience—clinical implications. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54(4), 474-487.

Sampson, R.J. (2003). The neighborhood context of well-being. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 46(3), S53-S64.

Sanders, J., Munford, R., Liebenberg, L., & Ungar, M. (2014). Consistent service quality: The connection between service quality, risk, resilience and outcomes for vulnerable youth clients of multiple services. Child Abuse & Neglect, 38(4), 687-697.

Schoon, I. (2006). Risk and resilience: Adaptations in changing times. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Tedeschi, R.G. & Calhoun, L.G. (2004). Posttraumatic growth: Conceptual foundations and empirical evidence. Psychological Inquiry, 15(1), 1-18.

Van Voorhees, E.E., et al. (2012). Childhood trauma exposure in Iraq and Afghanistan war era veterans: Implications for posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and adult functional social support. Child Abuse & Neglect. Available online: http://dx/doi/org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2012.03.004. Downloaded July 2, 2012.

Walsh, F. (2006). Strengthening family resilience, 2nd Ed. New York: Guilford.

Werner, E.E. & Smith, R.S. (2001). Journeys from childhood to midlife: Risk, resiliency, and recovery. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Windle, G. & Bennet K. M. (2012). Caring relationships: How to promote resilience in challenging times. In M. Ungar (ed.), The social ecology of resilience: A handbook of theory and practice (pp.219-231). New York: Springer.

Zautra, A. J., Hall, J. S., & Murray, K. E. (2010). Resilience: A new definition of health for people and communities. In J. W. Reich, A. J. Zautra, & J. S. Hall (Eds.), Handbook of adult resilience (pp. 3–34). New York, NY: Guilford.


Liebenberg, L., Ungar, M., & Van de Vijver, F. (2012). Validation of the Child and Youth Resilience Measure-28 (CYRM-28) among Canadian youth. Research on Social Work Practice, 22(2), 219-226.

Theron, L., Liebenberg, L., & Ungar, M. (Eds.)(2015). Youth resilience and culture: Commonalities and complexities. London, UK: Springer.

Ungar, M. (2000). The myth of peer pressure: Adolescents and their search for health-enhancing identities. Adolescence, 35(137), 167-180.

Ungar, M. (2001). The social construction of resilience among “problem” youth in out-of-home placement: A study of health-enhancing deviance. Child and Youth Care Forum, 30(3), 137-154.

Ungar, M. (2004). Nurturing hidden resilience in troubled youth. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Ungar, M. (2005). Pathways to resilience among children in Child Welfare, Corrections, Mental Health and Educational settings: Navigation and Negotiation. Child and Youth Care Forum 34(6), 423-444.

Ungar, M. (2006). Strengths-based counseling with at-risk youth. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Ungar, M., Brown, M., Liebenberg, L., Othman, R., Kwong, W.M., Armstrong, M. & Gilgun, J. (2007). Unique pathways to resilience across cultures. Adolescence, 42(166), 287-310.

Ungar, M. (2007). Contextual and cultural aspects of resilience in child welfare settings. In I. Brown, F. Chaze, D. Fuchs, J. Lafrance, S. McKay & S. Thomas-Prokop (Eds.), Putting a human face on child welfare (pp. 1-24). Toronto: Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare.

Ungar, M. (2008). Resilience across cultures. British Journal of Social Work. 38(2), 218-235.

Ungar, M. (2010). What Is Resilience Across Cultures and Contexts? Advances to the Theory of Positive Development among Individuals and Families under Stress. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 21(1), 1-16.

Ungar, M. (2011). Community resilience for Youth and Families: Facilitative Physical and Social Capital in Contexts of Adversity. Children and Youth Social Services Review, 33, 1742-1748.

Ungar, M. (2011). The social ecology of resilience. Addressing contextual and cultural ambiguity of a nascent construct. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 81, 1-17.

Ungar, M. (2011). Counseling in challenging contexts: Working with Individuals and Families Across Clinical and Community Settings. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.

Ungar, M. (Ed.)(2012). The social ecology of resilience: A handbook of theory and practice. New York: Springer.

Ungar, M. (2012). Researching and theorizing resilience across cultures and contexts. Preventive Medicine, 55(5), 387-389. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2012.07.021

Ungar, M. (2013). Resilience, trauma, context and culture. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 14(3), 253 – 264. Doi: 10.1177/1524838013487805

Ungar, M. (2015). Practitioner Review: Diagnosing childhood resilience: A systemic approach to the diagnosis of adaptation in adverse social ecologies. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 56(1), 4-17.

Ungar, M. (2015). Varied patterns of family resilience in challenging contexts. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12124

Ungar, M., Ghazinour, M., & Richter, J. (2013). What is Resilience Within the Ecology of Human Development? Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54(4), 348-366. Doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12025

Ungar, M. & Liebenberg, L. (2011). Assessing Resilience across Cultures Using Mixed Methods: Construction of The Child and Youth Resilience Measure. Journal of Multiple Methods in Research, 5(2), 126-149.

Ungar, M., Liebenberg, L., Landry, N., & Ikeda, J. (2012). Caregivers, young people with complex needs, and multiple service providers: A study of triangulated relationships and their impact on resilience. Family Process, 51(2), 193-206.

Ungar, M., Liebenberg, L., Armstrong, M., Dudding, P., & van de Vijver, F. J. R. (2012). Patterns of service use, individual and contextual risk factors, and resilience among adolescents using multiple psychosocial services. Child Abuse & Neglect. doi: org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2012.05.007

Ungar, M., Russell, P., & Connolly, G. (2014). School-based interventions to enhance the resilience of students. Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, 4(1), 66-83.

Ungar, M., Theron, L. & Didkowsky, N. (2011). Adolescents’ precocious and developmentally appropriate contributions to their families’ well-being and resilience in five countries. Family Relations, 60(2), 231-246.

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