Contextualizing resilience in young people: The use of Child and Youth Resilience Measure Revised and interviews in a mixed method approach

Toa Giroletti*, Claire Paterson-Young

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This paper seeks to understand the role of an innovative Employability Programme on developing the resilience of young people Not in Education Training or Employment (NEET).

Through a mixed-method approach, this paper explores the individual, contextual, and social aspects that impact on individual resilience. Combining the Child and Youth Resilience Measure-Revised (CYRM-R) with qualitative interviews allows for the investigation of how context, relationships, and support shape young people’s resilience offering a holistic approach.

The quantitative results reveal a significant association between higher levels of resilience and factors such as school attendance and living in areas with lower crime rates. Lower resilience is observed among individuals experiencing higher levels of deprivation. Qualitative findings shed light on the multifaceted nature of resilience, highlighting its connection to community and society (sub-themes: education and employment, external pressure, support and access to services) as well as individual and psychological aspects (sub-themes: managing stressful situations and bouncing back).

These findings emphasize that resilience is not a static or one-dimensional process dependent on a single factor, it is a dynamic and ongoing process influenced by multiple factors. The interactions between young people and families, friends, education providers, and other service providers play a crucial role in promoting resilience.

Overall, this research aids our understanding of how connections between all these levels can boost or limit individual resilience. It can help practitioners and policymakers understand how tailored activities, accounting for multiple aspects, are able to improve individual resilience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)981-1003
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Evidence-Based Social Work (United States)
Issue number6
Early online date22 Aug 2023
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2023

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work on 22 Aug 2023, available at:


  • Child and youth resilience measure revised
  • Resilience
  • mixed methods
  • young people


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