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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Organizational resilience, Community psychology, Violence, Urban violence, Qualitative, Community, Resilience, Urban, Violence, Resiliency, City, Strengths-based, Survey, Empowerment


This qualitative study was created to learn more about communities that are labeled as dangerous by external sources. This research explores how organizations and community groups in cities nationally ranked as violent cultivate resilience within the community. People who work in these cities completed an online survey answering qualitative and demographic questions. The study found that respondents portrayed their communities of work and resilience within those communities in complex ways offering increased insight into resilience at the mezzo level. Themes of community cohesion, organizational collaboration, and community violence were present in several responses. The research concludes that while violence is part of many participants' experience, resilience, strength, unity, passion, and organization are also present and working to counteract the negative impacts of violence. The study concludes that further research would be helpful in better understanding and expanding communities' abilities to utilize their strengths.




iv, 45 pages. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, 2014. Includes bibliographical references (pages 36-38)