Resilience on the Streets: Street Children and Youth in Three African Cities

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    Abstract

    Street children and youth are creative and adaptable in response to the very difficult conditions of extreme poverty and violence that characterise life on the streets. Resilience is a useful concept in considering the complex responses of street children and youth to everyday situations of risk and harm. Resilience encompasses how young people employ capabilities as well as the many negative forms of coping, for survival. Young people use local knowledge of the city, their social relationships on the streets and support from NGOs, churches and charities to manage everyday problems. Being resilient and tolerating harm is also indicative of the vulnerability of street children and youth and their powerlessness to avoid dangerous and harmful situations growing up on the streets.
    Original languageEnglish
    TypeBriefing Paper
    Media of outputOnline
    PublisherUniversity of Dundee
    Number of pages4
    Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017

    Publication series

    NameGrowing up on the Streets: Briefing Papers
    PublisherStreetInvest
    No.11

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