A Critical Systematic Review of Studies Regarding Resilience in Turkey: A Call for the Socio-ecology of Resilience Perspective

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Even though international research has shifted from problem-driven to strength-based approach such as resilience, very little is known in a non-Western context, Turkey. As a result, this paper aims to fill research gaps in existing peer-reviewed literature by targeting to promote more effective interventions and programs with regard to resilience approach in Turkey. A critical systematic review of available literature was carried out based on peer-reviewed articles published in English and Turkish using PubMed, Ovid, EBSCO HOST, ERIC, ProQuest databases, and hand searching. Four hundred fifty-two articles were retrieved of which 34 met the inclusion criteria. Results depict that the majority of studies solely employed individual-based resilience approach. Even though international resilience research has begun to match resilience to socio-ecological perspective, Turkish scholars hardly do so. Only pointing out this gap in resilience research is addressed, will social workers be help enabling Turkish individuals to fuel resilience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-183
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes



  • Resilience
  • Turkey
  • Socio-ecological Perspective
  • Protective Factors
  • Risk Factors

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