"Getting-by', Coping and Resilience in Difficult Times: Initial Findings

Paul Hickman, Elaine Batty, Chris Dayson, Jenny Muir

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Abstract

A report provided the initial findings from a research project that examined the resilience of households in Northern Ireland. Drawing on baseline survey data and qualitative interviews with households across four neighbourhoods, it outlined a range of challenges and the strategies used by households to 'get by'. The report said that, for these households, resilience was not about 'bouncing back', 'flourishing', or 'thriving' in the face of adversity, but was about not being overcome, 'getting-by', enduring, surviving, just 'getting on with things', and 'keeping their heads above the water'. The report noted the susceptibility of households to future stressors, such as welfare reform, especially those on means-tested benefits or with long-term illness or disability. Place, and relationships with family and friends, appeared to be important for resilience and future work would investigate this further. The report highlighted issues around the measurement of resilience and noted the importance of qualitative work.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSheffield Hallam University
Commissioning bodyOffice of the First Minister & Deputy First Minister
Number of pages97
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2014

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