© 2018

Today’s Youth and Mental Health

Hope, Power, and Resilience

  • Soheila Pashang
  • Nazilla Khanlou
  • Jennifer Clarke

Part of the Advances in Mental Health and Addiction book series (AMHA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvi
  2. Contexts of Youth’s Lives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Attia Khan, Nazilla Khanlou, Jacqueline Stol, Vicky Tran
      Pages 3-20
    3. Amy Soberano, Philip Ackerman, Rosa Solorzano
      Pages 21-36
    4. Soheila Pashang, Sharifa Sharif, Massoud Wadir Sattari, K. S.
      Pages 37-55
    5. Nazilla Khanlou, Amy Bender, Catriona Mill, Luz Maria Vazquez, Luis Rojas
      Pages 57-76
    6. Soheila Pashang, Jennifer Clarke, Nazilla Khanlou, Katie Degendorfer
      Pages 77-97
  3. Mental Health

  4. Hope

  5. Power

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-285

About this book


This forceful reference synthesizes international and intersectionality perspectives for a comprehensive examination of the human rights of youth to safety and well-being. Organized around key themes of young people’s lives in context, mental health, hope, power, and resilience, it describes complex stressors related to gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, and immigration experience and status. Discrimination, sexual abuse, survivor guilt, and other widespread issues are discussed in terms of personal potential versus societal barriers when identity and autonomy are at their most critical stage. The book links theory and data to practice, policy, and pedagogy, not only in examining problems and recommending solutions, but also in acknowledging issues that are just beginning to be identified.
Included in the coverage:
  • The silent shadow of precarious status youth.
  • Youth experiences of cultural identity and migration: a systems perspective.
  • The role of worries in mental health and well-being in adolescence.
  • Mothers’ armoring of their adolescent daughters living with facial difference.
  • What a critical course on madness can offer university students with mental health histories and concerns.
  • Teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL) to refugees: trauma and resilience.       
Today’s Youth Mental Health challenges sociologists, clinical psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists to better understand their young clients’ development, and to promote innovative ideas for their empowerment.


Psychological and Emotional Resilience in Youth Social Determinants of Mental Health Youth and Civic Integration Youth and Political Participation Youth and Social Engagement Youth Mental Health, Resilience, and Recovery

Editors and affiliations

  • Soheila Pashang
    • 1
  • Nazilla Khanlou
    • 2
  • Jennifer Clarke
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Social and Community Services, Humber CollegeTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of HealthYork UniversityTorontoCanada
  3. 3.School of Social Work, Ryerson UniversityTorontoCanada

About the editors

Soheila Pashang, MSW, PhD is a Professor and Academic Coordinator in the Department of Health and Sciences, Social Service Worker – Immigrants and Refugees Program at Seneca College. She has over two decades of professional work as a social worker within interdisciplinary fields in Toronto. Her area of professional practice and academic work is informed by gender, equity, and social justice grounded in anti-racism and colonialism and anti-oppression perspectives. By relying on arts informed strategies, professor Pashang focuses on the issues of forced displacement, illegalized migration, Canadian immigration system, human service organizations, gender violence, trauma and mental health. She is a recipient of a number of awards for her contributions towards the front-line work, advocacy, and academic achievement, and has published poetry, books, and chapters.

Nazilla Khanlou, RN, PhD is the Women's Health Research Chair in Mental Health in the Faculty of Health at York University and an Associate Professor in its School of Nursing. Professor Khanlou's clinical background is in psychiatric nursing. Her overall program of research is situated in the interdisciplinary field of community-based mental health promotion in general, and mental health promotion among youth and women in multicultural and immigrant-receiving settings in particular. She has received grants from peer-reviewed federal and provincial research funding agencies. She is founder of the International Network on Youth Integration (INYI), an international network for knowledge exchange and collaboration on youth. She has published articles, chapters, and books on youth, women, and mental health.

Jennifer Clarke, MSW, RSW, PhD (c) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Ryerson University. Her teaching, research and practice are grounded in anti-oppression, critical race, and anti-Black racism perspectives in the areas of social work education; child welfare; and K-12 public education.  Her overall program of research explores the intersections of race, child welfare and education, with a focus on surveillance, racial profiling, criminalization, and the pathways of confinement via zero tolerance school safety-to-prison pipeline; grief and trauma among Black families who lose children; social issues in the Caribbean; and critical policy analysis. She is the recipient of multiple research grants and awards, has published several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and currently a guest editor for the Journal of Critical Anti-Oppressive Social Inquiry (CAOS).

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