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June 14/15 - Century City Conference Centre
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Thursday, June 15 • 13:30 - 15:00
Invited Symposium: Researching Resilience in Brazil and Portugal - Adolescents, Families and Communities - Renata Maria Coimbra, Ana Almeida, Maria Angela Mattar Yunes, Normanda Araujo de Morais

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Invited Symposium Summary
Researching Resilience in Brazil and Portugal - Adolescents, Families and Communities

Presenters: Renata Maria Coimbra, Ana Almeida, Maria Angela Mattar Yunes, Normanda Araujo de Morais
The symposium will present four studies carried out by Brazilian and portugueses researchers, focusing on the methodological procedures used to analyse resilience processes and promotion  on adolescentes involved in drug trafficking, in at-risk families, different educational contexts and at-risk communities.    

Invited Symposium Abstracts
Understanding resilience processes of adolescents involved in the drug trafficking through the mixed-method approach 
Renata Maria Coimbra (São Paulo State University, Brazil)
Co-Author: Alex Pessoa 
Introduction: This paper analyses the advantages and challenges in using the mixed methods in the research with young people involved in the drug trafficking. The fieldwork was conducted in a midsized city located in the inner of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Methods: The sample consisted by 60 adolescents who were involved in the drug trafficking and the control group was formed by 560 adolescents who were attending regular public schools and a youth service provided in the city. The findings in the quantitative study showed that the services provided are precariousness and do not make sense in the lives of the participants, including formal and non-formal institutions. Furthermore, the qualitative showed that the activities around the drug trafficking are permeated by personal meanings that makes complex the break with the trade, once they become attractive to this social segment. 
Findings: The complementarity of data from the mixed method allowed the exploration of aspects still obscure in the literature and brought practical implications for social policies. The resources used in terms of the design will be presented to the audience, as well as the methodological and ethical implications 

The Family Resilience Q-set. Contributions of ipsative methodology to family resilience assessment
Presenter: Ana Almeida (University of Minho, Portugal)
Co-Author: Cláudia Miranda 
Introduction: The focus on family strengths and resources is of particular relevance in the assessment and intervention of at-risk families where evaluation should encompass a preventive and psychoeducational perspective, and allow for their protection, preservation and of their children. 
Methods: Although recognizing the interest of combining qualitative and quantitative methods in the area of family resilience evaluation, the first has been a constant .The challenge of capturing the dynamics of risk and protective factors and the intersubjectivity of each particular family context was brought to the Q-sort methodology to explore the family scripts in topics related to stressful events and family strengths, in contextual and family-cycle perspectives. In this paper we report data of a set of 16 experts to create a prototype measure and a correlational study with 30 families and their respective case managers in Child Protection services. 
Findings: Family resilience assessments consider the balance of risk-protection in family resilient processes. However, families compared to professionals give more salience to resilience processes and professionals to the absence of risk factors. Drawing from empirical and conceptual analyses we highlight implications for family assessment resilience and avoidance of risk-centred visions. 

Experiential methodology for investigating and promoting resilience in different educational contexts
Presenter: Maria Angela Mattar Yunes (Centro Universitário La Salle, Unilasalle, Canoas, RS, Brazil)
Introduction: Experiential methodology is a strategy for developing qualitative research and/or evidence-based interventions with small or medium-sized groups. The method´s characteristics preserve the vitality of the participant´s experiences as they happen in their own real world. The researcher/facilitator creates situations where the qualities of experiences emerge spontaneously.
Methods: It provides chances for insights and new meanings that might change beliefs, behaviors and attitudes. The experiential model´s philosophy is connected with Paulo Freire´s educational theory, based on dialogical activities and reflection of people´s own knowledge, traditions and beliefs. This work aims to present three scenarios and populations where this methodology was used: 1) individual resilience in school adolescents using super heroes pre-cloak stage as a resource; 2) parental resilience in an organized program to build positive parenting in at-risk families; 3) professional resilience within a group of social educators who work with sheltered children and adolescents in institutions.
Findings: The use of this methodology showed that this model of research/intervention can implement people´s perception of their own performances and resolve conflict situations more effectively. It allows the awareness of alternative personal views and search of new individual and collective resources that lead to empowerment.

The use of Bioecological Approach in the research on Community Resilience: a study in a community in northeastern Brazil
Presenter: Normanda Araujo de Morais (University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR), Brazil)
Co-Author: Ana Tercila Campos Oliveira 
Introduction: The Bioecological approach proposed by Bronfenbrenner has been constituted as an important perspective to the study of the development-in-context. In this sense it is relevant to study community resilience (CR) related to processes, strengths and collective actions to face and have a positive adaptation to adverse situations experienced in communities
Methods: This presentation aims to describe the use of the Bioecological approach in the process of qualitative research on the factors that favor the CR in a community in northeastern Brazil marked by hardships-poverty, violence and stigma but also by strong indicators of cultural identity, collective self-esteem, community mobilization and support. It will describe the theoretical and methodological justifications for the use of the Bioecological approach in research on CR; the stages of achievement of research and ecological engagement (implementation strategy of the approach developed in Brazil) as well as the benefits and perceived limits in the use of this methodology. 
Findings: The relevance of the analysis model which includes person, process, context and time (PPCT) and the insertion of the data collection team in the researched contexts for the study of community resilience are the highlights observed.  


Ana Almeida

PhD in Education at Universidade do Minho Teacher and advisor at the post graduation studies in education in Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal.
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Renata Maria Coimbra-Libório

Renata Maria Coimbra-Liborio is Psychologist, with master and PhD in Developmental Psychology at University of São Paulo (USP). Professor at Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), at Graduate Program in Education, in Presidente Prudente, Brazil. She has a professional master's degree... Read More →

Normanda Araujo de Morais

University of Fortaleza
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Maria Angela Mattar Yunes

Associate Professor, Centro Universitário La Salle, Unilasalle, Canoas
Lecturer and advisor at the programs of post graduation studies in education in Centro Universitário La Salle - UNILASALLE, Canoas and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande - FURG, Brasil. Main interest on research and intervention on family resilience, community resilience and parental... Read More →

Thursday June 15, 2017 13:30 - 15:00 SAST
Room 09 Century City Conference Centre