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date: 25 February 2021

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This chapter examines adolescent risk and resilience across cultures. It provides an overview of resilience theory and identifies constructs applicable to the study of adolescence as a developmental period. It then examines the role of culture in adolescent development. Next, the chapter examines how issues of risk and resilience play out in three specific adolescent populations: children growing up in immigrant families in the US, impoverished and homeless Brazilian youth, and war-affected children around the world. The final section contains recommendations for future research synthesizing the study of resilience, culture, and adolescent development. Integrating the study of resilience and the study of culture can result in a more nuanced way of understanding developmental risk and resilience.

Keywords: adolescence, culture, development, immigration, poverty, resilience, risk, violence, war

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