The following interview guide was initially designed to support development of the Child and Youth Resilience Measure (CYRM). It has subsequently been used in other studies done by the RRC with youth facing significant levels of risk around the world to better understand what resilience processes look like across cultures and contexts.
At the core of the interview schedule are nine “catalyst” questions. These have been developed collaboratively by members of the international research team.
The nine catalyst questions
- “What would I need to know to grow up well here?"
- “How do you describe people who grow up well here despite the many problems they face?”
- “What does it mean to you, to your family, and to your community, when bad things happen?”
- “What kinds of things are most challenging for you growing up here?”
- “What do you do when you face difficulties in your life?”
- “What does being healthy mean to you and others in your family and community?”
- “What do you do, and others you know do, to keep healthy, mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually?”
- “Can you share with me a story about another child who grew up well in this community despite facing many challenges?”
- “Can you share a story about how you have managed to overcome challenges you face personally, in your family, or outside your home in your community?”