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HERNANDEZ-HOLGUIN, Dora M.; SANCHEZ, Isabel C.; PAEZ, Esteban  and  MONTOYA-VASQUEZ, Erika Maria. Personal development of youth in Medellín, Colombia: beyond risk behaviors and resilience. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2016, vol.32, n.11, e00103614.  Epub Dec 08, 2016. ISSN 1678-4464.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0102-311x00103614.

Research on young people has increasingly focused on dynamic and comprehensive approaches rather than merely behavior and psychopathology. Such studies help shed light on personal development in adolescents and the role of resilience for them from their own perspective, that is, young people facing a complex world of risks, opportunities, and omnipresent violence. A qualitative study was performed with a hermeneutic focus; 48 in-depth interviews were performed, analyzed with tools from the three-stage framework (descriptive, analytic, and interpretative). The results show that all-or-nothing classification of youth as resilient versus non-resilient (or "with" versus "without" behavior problems) fails to reflect how they experience their development, which is dynamic and changes according to their characteristics, potentialities, needs, and interests, as well as the opportunities they find in their contexts.

Keywords : Adolescent Development; Risk-Taking; Psychological Resilience; Violence.

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