Young People, Their Families and Social Supports: Understanding Resilience with Complexity Theory

  • Jackie SandersEmail author
  • Robyn Munford
  • Linda Liebenberg


In this chapter, the authors take the innovative approach of exploring the way complexity theory can help us understand resilience among young people. The chapter uses a case example to apply three aspects of complexity theory to practice, demonstrating how complexity theory is congruent with an ecological understanding of the supports (family and otherwise) that make resilience more likely.


Young People Complexity Theory Child Protection Positive Youth Development Gang Member 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jackie Sanders
    • 1
    Email author
  • Robyn Munford
    • 1
  • Linda Liebenberg
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Health and Social ServicesMassey UniversityPalmerston NorthNew Zealand
  2. 2.Resilience Research Centre and Dalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada

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