Despite the numerous benefits derived from major technological and medical innovations of the past century, we continue to live in a world rife with significant social problems and challenges. Children continue to be born into lives of poverty; others must confront daily their parent’s mental illness or substance abuse; still others live amid chronic family discord or child abuse. For some of these children, life’s difficulties become overwhelming. Their enduring trauma can lead to a downward spiral, until their behavioral and emotional problems become lifelong barriers to success and wellbeing.
Almost no one today would deny that the world is sometimes an inhospitable, even dangerous, place for our youth. Yet most children—even those living in high-risk environments—appear to persevere. Some even flourish. And this begs the question: why, in the face of such great odds, do these children become survivors rather than casualties of their environments? For many decades, scholars have pursued answers to the mysteries of resilience. Now, having culled several decades of research findings, the editors of this volume offer an in-depth, leading-edge description and analysis of Resilience in Children, Families and Communities: Linking Context to Practice and Policy.
The book is divided into three readily accessible sections that both define the scope and limits of resilience as well as provide hands-on programs that families, neighborhoods, and communities can implement. In addition, several chapters provide real-life intervention strategies and social policies that can be readily put into practice. The goal: to enable children to develop more effective problem-solving skills, to help each child to improve his or her self-image, and to define ways in which role models can affect positive outcomes throughout each child’s lifetime.
For researchers, clinicians, and students, Resilience in Children, Families and Communities: Linking Context to Practice and Policy is an essential addition to their library. It provides practical information to inform greater success in the effort to encourage resilience in all children and to achieve positive youth development.
Part I: The Conceptual and Empirical Framework for Linking Resilience to Intervention and Policy.- Resilience Research: Past Present, and Future.- Resilience in Context.- Disruptive Behaviors: Should We Foster or Prevent Resiliency?- The Resilience Revolution: A Paradigm Shift for Research and Policy?- Part II: Resilience Enhancement Programs for High-Risk Children, Families, and Youth.- Creating Effective School-Based Interventions for Pregnant Teenagers.- Dating Relationships among At-Risk Adolescents: An Opportunity for Resilience?- Building Strengths and Resilience among At-Risk Mothers and Their Children: A Community-Based Prevention Partnership.- Part III: Expanding Resilience Programs to Include Neighborhoods and Communities.- The Social Transformation of Environments and the Promotion of Resilience in Children.- Promoting Resilience in the Inner City: Families as a Venue for Protection, Support, and Opportunity.- A Community-Based Approach to Promoting Resilience in Young Children, Their Families, and Their Neighborhoods.- Steps Toward Community-Level Resilience: Community Adoption of Science-Based Prevention Programming.- Index.