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Tunngajuq: stress and resilience among Inuit youth in Nunavut, Canada.

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      As part of a cross-national collaborative study of resilience among circumpolar youth, we examined the life experiences, stressors, and coping or resilience strategies of Inuit youth in the community of Igloolik, Nunavut, Canada. An Inuit steering committee was formed with youth, adults, and one elder. The steering committee led this project in the community, informing community members of progress and helping direct all aspects of the study from research questions to methods to data collection to dissemination. A structured interview used across sites allowed youth to describe what matters to them, that is, what is at stake for them in terms of challenges and successes. Developing stable and secure relationships with one's friends and family members enabled Inuit youth to become more resilient in the face of stresses related to social change in the Canadian Arctic.

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      [1 ] University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign mkral@illinois.edu.
      [2 ] University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
      [3 ] Igloolik, Nunavut.
      Journal
      Transcult Psychiatry
      Transcultural psychiatry
      1461-7471
      1363-4615
      Oct 2014
      : 51
      : 5
      24838171
      1363461514533001
      10.1177/1363461514533001
      © The Author(s) 2014 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav.

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