A Thicker Description of Resilience— Michael Ungar


What happens when we stop using pathologising language and hear the stories of resilience that young people tell? This paper offers a more contextually sensitive understanding of resilience, one that thickly describes resilience as more than just a youth’s capacity to survive and thrive. It is a shallow description of resilience to attribute success to something inside an individual alone. It also is a dangerous description that makes us as helpers overlook the sources of resilience and how best to intervene. The author’s purpose is to weave a rich tapestry of ideas that can honour lives lived well despite adversity.