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The Oasis brothers: Father’s abuse explains feud, resilience could end it

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

In this 2008 photo, Liam Gallagher of Oasis performs during a concert in Los Angeles. Noel is seen on the screen behind him. The brothers have a notoriously dysfunctional relationship. Could their father’s documented abuse of their mother explain the animosity? (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Ramona Alaggia, University of Toronto Liam Gallagher is performing this week in Toronto, and as I prepare to take in the concert, it’s all coming back: The epic battles, still ongoing, between the infamous Liam and his brother Noel of the hugely popular ‘90s...

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For children exposed to IPV, “escape” equals resilience

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

We all love to “escape” occasionally, although many of us feel pangs of guilt about what can feel like a bit of self-indulgence.  In fact, if you Google “escapism,” you’ll find dozens of sites on “dealing with escapism” and “leaving your fantasy escapism world for reality.” The message is clear: escapism can quickly morph from fun into full-on avoidance behaviour. But for children who live in homes with intimate partner violence (IPV), escapism can mean psychological survival—and can be a critical part of the resilience process. That’s one of...

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Shining a light on resilience and children’s exposure to intimate partner violence

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

12-year-old Simone was sullen and withdrawn. She and her mom had recently left Simone’s dad, whose abusive behaviour had been escalating for years. Using a strengths-based assessment, Simone’s social worker discovered that the young girl enjoyed and excelled at soccer. But in the chaos of the family break-up, Simone had stopped playing. Even though things had now settled down, she didn’t want to start again. Why is Simone and her story important to us? At Make Resilience Matter (MRM), a research initiative designed to support professionals...

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