Dr. Robin Cox to study youth resilience
Congratulations to Dr. Robin Cox who, in partnership with Dr. Julie Drolet at the University of Calgary, has been awarded funding from Alberta Innovates Health Solutions to conduct a 3-year study entitled the Alberta Resilient Communities Project.
The 2013 Alberta flood resulted in devastating impacts affecting social, economic, health and environmental infrastructures. Children and youth are particularly affected by disasters because of their dependence on adults, and psychological and social factors related to their developmental stage, life cycle and structural vulnerabilities. However, children and youth are also resilient and can act as powerful ‘catalysts for change’ in their families and communities in the post-disaster environment. Yet, their influence, capacity and ability to contribute to disaster recovery and resiliency efforts are often overlooked.
The goal of the Alberta Resilient Communities (ARC) Project is to better understand the social, economic, health, cultural, spiritual and personal factors that contribute to resiliency among children and youth while empowering them and their adult allies and communities to enact resilience building strategies.