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CorStone builds and disseminates best practices for strengthening personal resilience in marginalized youth. Our research is evidence-based, which means that we collect and analyze data to determine how effective our methods are over time. Our methods include:

Standardized measures for anxiety, emotional resilience, quality of life, social wellbeing, and other social emotional issues

Observers’ reports

Controls for socio-demographic differences in our study samples

Use of control group(s) wherever possible

Rigorous statistical analyses


With our dedication to demonstrating efficacy, CorStone is committed to meet the demands of academic institutions, researchers, foundations and others interested in furthering and supporting best practices in developing personal resilience in at-risk youth.

Below we showcase research studies, white papers and presentations of interest from our own as well as others’ work, in the hope of helping to build an international community of practice around this emerging field.

Check back often as we update our research frequently.

International Programs + Reports

Conferences + Presentations

Girls First, Bihar India | Key findings Summary 2014-2020

Overview of key research findings + results from 2014-2020
Girls First Program | Bihar, India
FEB | 2021
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EE4A Conference | Youth First Kenya Results 2019

Evaluation of an evidence-based resilience program on psychosocial wellbeing + education in Kajiado and Tharaka Nithi, Kenya.
Youth First Kenya
NOV | 2019
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Self Help Group Program | Trial Report 2018

Detailed results of the CorStone Self Help Group Program conducted in 2016-17 working in partnership with Project Concern International and with support from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
CorStone Self Help Group Program
JAN | 2018
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International Journal of Mental Health Systems | 2018

Outcomes of a brief mental health and resilience pilot intervention for young women in an urban slum
Quasi experimental study
Dehradun | North India
2018
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International Journal of Emotional Education | 2018

Training School Teachers to promote Mental and Social Well-being in Low and Middle Income Countries. Lessons to facilitate scale-up from a Participatory Action Research Trial.
Youth First in India
NOV | 2018
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Girls First, Bihar | Randomized Controlled Trial 2014

Building Psychosocial Assets and Well-being Among Adolescent Girls
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The Methods of a multi-arm randomized controlled trial of Girls First, India
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Now I Have the Courage
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Overview + Summary of RCT Finding
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A psychosocial resilience curriculum provides the “missing piece” to boost adolescent physical health
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Girls Resiliency Program | 2011

Summary of Research Findings for the Children’s Resiliency Program for Girls in Surat, India.
World Congress of Positive Psychology Presentation
OCT | 2011
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Applying Positive Psychology in Low-Resource Areas | 2014

Lessons from CorStone’s Girls First Program in India
World Congress of Positive Psychology Presentation
JUN | 2014
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Risk + Protective Factors for Adjustment Problems among High-Poverty Adolescent Girls in India | 2013

How interventions that reduce pessimism and peer problems have potential to reduce the burden of mental ill-health among young women internationally.
Western Psychological Association Convention Presentation
APR | 2013
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The CorStone Family Resilience Program | 2013

Developing Optimism and Social Support for Decreased Parenting Stress
World Congress of Positive Psychology Presentation
JUN | 2013
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Sangath Children’s Resiliency Program | 2010

An evaluation of the Children’s Resiliency Program
Hope Project | Basti Hzt. Nizamuddin, New Delhi
AUG | 2010
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Other Research of Interest


Review of School-Based Positive Psychology Interventions

A review school-based interventions designed to foster student wellbeing and academic performance by following a positive psychology approach that seeks to cultivate positive emotions, resilience and positive character strengths.
Lea Waters
University of Melbourne, Australia | DEC 2021
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Reducing Conflicts Using Restorative Practices

A systematic review of the effectiveness of Restorative Practices in school environments in reducing conflicts.
Constanze Weber + Leen Vereenooghe
Bielefeld University, Germany| 2020
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Emotion Regulation Focused Psychosocial Interventions for Adolescents

A descriptive review of intervention approaches and findings from community prevention programs, programs for war-affected youth, programs for clinical populations, and programs for incarcerated and delinquent adolescents.
Hana-May Eadeh, Rosanna Breaux, Molly A. Nikolas
Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review | JULY 2021
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School-Based Interventions to Enhance the Resilience of Students

This paper highlights the elements of successful Resilience programs with vulnerable students and reasons for why some programs appear to be less effective or have a negative impact based on a scoping review of outcomes from 36 interventions.
Michael Ungar, Patrick Russell, Gerry Connelly
Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology | DEC 2014
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“No one ever told us that we have strengths.”

Girls First participant | Bihar, India

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