Chapter

The Social Ecology of Resilience

pp 199-217

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Averting Child Maltreatment: Individual, Economic, Social, and Community Resources that Promote Resilient Parenting

  • Kimberly DuMontAffiliated withNew York State’s Office of Children and Family Services, Bureau of Evaluation and Research Email author 
  • , Susan Ehrhard-DietzelAffiliated withCenter for Human Services Research, State University of New York
  • , Kristen KirklandAffiliated withNew York State’s Office of Children and Family Services, Bureau of Evaluation and Research

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Abstract

Understanding resilience as an ecological construct, the authors show that a mother’s parenting behaviors help nurture the healthy development of her child and protect the child from maltreatment. They also argue that to this parent–child understanding of resilience must be added a more contextualized appreciation for the child-rearing environment that influences the ability of caregivers to nurture their children. Reporting on a study with a sample of mothers who face a great deal of adversity and were at risk of neglecting or abusing their children, the chapter identifies which factors are likely to predict poor outcomes and who defines the nature of risk.