Poverty, risk, and resilience: The case of street- involved youth

Silvia H. Koller, Juliana Prates Santana, Marcela Raffaelli

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This chapter aims to present a selective review that can be used to identify some contradictions about street life; once recognized, this knowledge may be used to inform interventions and social policy initiatives. We begin by defining street children and adolescents; examining evidence of vulnerability and resilience in research on the daily lives of street-involved youth; discussing methodological and ethical challenges to advancing understanding of this population; and examining how research with street-involved youth can be used to advance local and global practice and policy. Our aim is to present literature from around the globe, but our discussion is informed by-and draws on-our long-standing program of research and practice in Brazil.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Adolescent Development Research and Its Impact on Global Policy
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780190847142
ISBN (Print)9780190847128
StatePublished - Mar 22 2018


  • At-risk youth
  • Development
  • Intervention
  • Methods
  • Research ethics
  • Resilience
  • Social policy
  • Street children
  • Street life
  • Vulnerability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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