Child and Youth Care Forum

, Volume 34, Issue 6, pp 423–444 | Cite as

Pathways to Resilience Among Children in Child Welfare, Corrections, Mental Health and Educational Settings: Navigation and Negotiation

  • Michael UngarEmail author


In this paper I explore how social service delivery systems influence the pathways children travel to resilience. In particular, I look at children’s navigation to the health resources that are available through service delivery systems and their negotiation with service providers for service once under a provider’s mandate. Two case examples are used to illustrate health-enhancing and health-challenging patterns of service provision and utilization among high-risk youth. I then address two questions that are critical to understanding children’s pathways to resilience: “What services do children say they need to achieve resilience?” and “How does the structure of services affect children’s access to the health resources required to nurture and sustain resilience?”


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WorkDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada

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