Roots of Resilience

Transformations of Identity and Community in Indigenous Mental Health

  • Lead Investigator: Laurence J. Kirmayer, MD, Culture & Mental Health Research Unit, Institute of Community & Family Psychiatry, Sir Mortimer B. Davis-Jewish General Hospital.
  • Third named investigator: Dr. Caroline Tait

This cross-country interdisciplinary research program focuses on factors and the processes that promote resilience in mental health among Indigenous peoples. There will be an emphasis on early childhood, school age children, adolescence and young adulthood. Linked projects will identify the distinctive characteristics of individual and collective resilience among indigenous peoples in three countries. We aim to:

  1. develop a comprehensive model of resilience at individual, family, community and societal levels that can be applied across the three countries
  2. design multi-method studies of the same population so that results can be triangulated for greater validity of interpretation of results
  3. use cross-national comparisons to examine potential social structural, cultural and historical differences in the processes of resilience