The Role of Religion/Spirituality in Fostering Resilience Among At-Risk Youth in the Halifax Metropolitan Region
Johnson, Lucan K.
Mount Saint Vincent University
The current research investigated ‘The Role of Religion/Spirituality in Fostering Resilience Among At-Risk Youth in the Halifax Metropolitan Region.’ Five (5) female youth (4 African-Nova Scotian and 1 Filipino-Nova Scotian) between the ages of 19 and 25 participated in this study. They were recruited using purposive and snowball sampling methods. Participants were from two low-income areas in the HRM, and attended, or were attending university and/or gainfully employed. A phenomenological approach was used as a framework for conducting this research. Bronfenbrenner’s Social Ecological model was utilized as a theoretical framework for analyzing the results. Thematic analysis and in vivo coding were used for analyzing the data. The results have indicated that religion/spirituality plays a significant role in helping at-risk youth to rise above their difficulties. The findings also showed that resilience in these youth was not simply a product of individual qualities or traits, but also the result of supportive relationships from others such as peers, friends, parents, close family members, religious leaders, and other church members.
Religion, spirituality, resilience, youth