Adversity can affect multiple dimensions of a person’s well-being. But so far, most research on adversity has looked at its impact on individuals rather than on their family systems, homes or communities.
Dr. Bree Akesson, Canada Research Chair in Global Adversity and Well-Being, is examining how extreme adversity (such as poverty, war and climate change) and well-being intersect, with a specific focus on family and home. Using participatory approaches to collect data, she and her research team are making use of her previous research on families affected by war. They plan to share their results with academic communities, practitioners, policy-makers and the general public.