Indigenous Resilience article

Our paper on understanding Indigenous young people’s past experiences of sexually transmitted diseases as resilience narratives has just been published by Culture, Health and Sexuality. Here’s the abstract:

“The Indigenous Resilience Project is an Australian community-based participatory research project using qualitative methods to explore young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s views of blood-borne viral and sexually transmitted infections (BBV/STI) affecting their communities. In this paper we present an analysis of narratives from young people who had a previous BBV/STI diagnosis to explore how they actively negotiate the experience of BBV/STI infection to construct a classic resilience narrative. We examine two overarching themes: first, the context of infection and diagnosis, including ignorance of STI/BBV prior to infection/diagnosis and, second, turning points and transformations in the form of insights, behaviours, roles and agency. Responding to critical writing on resilience theory, we argue that providing situated accounts of adversity from the perspectives of young Indigenous people prioritises their subjective understandings and challenges normative definitions of resilience.”

Mooney-Somers, J., Olsen, A., Erick, W., Scott, R., Akee, A., Kaldor, J., & Maher, L. (on behalf of the Indigenous Resiliency Project). (2010) Learning from the past: Indigenous young people’s accounts of BBV/STI infection as resilience narratives. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 13(2): 173-186.

Our conference presentation at Making Sense of: Health, Illness & Disease, based on the article, will appear in the conference eBook shortly.

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