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Handbook of Resilience in Children

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  • Offers a wide range of perspectives that address the role of resilience in helping children overcome adversity, abuse, and other types of trauma

  • Provides guidance on how to measure and evaluate resilience in clinical practice

  • Emphasizes the importance of resilience – positive psychology – rather than pathologies

  • Explores the different ways in which resilience affects boys and girls

  • Offers resilience interventions for use with children and families

  • Explores the relationship between resilience and other protective factors that affect children

  • Features contributions from many of the leading experts from a variety of fields, such as psychology, education, and social work. Taken together, they offer a comprehensive overview of the role and function of resilience from their unique viewpoints

  • Offers comprehensive, detailed, and transdisciplinary information on the subject of resilience in children

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Table of contents (23 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xix
  2. Overview

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Why Study Resilience?

      • Sam Goldstein, Robert B. Brooks
      Pages 3-15
    3. Resilience Processes in Development

      • Margaret O’Dougherty Wright, Ann S. Masten
      Pages 17-37
    4. Understanding the Concept of Resilience

      • Howard B. Kaplan
      Pages 39-47
    5. Resilience in Gene-Environment Transactions

      • Kirby Deater-Deckard, Linda Ivy, Jessica Smith
      Pages 49-63
    6. Relational Resilience in Girls

      • Judith V. Jordan
      Pages 79-90
    7. Measuring Resilience in Children

      • Jack A. Naglieri, Paul A. LeBuffe
      Pages 107-121
  3. Environmental Issues

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 123-123
    2. Poverty in Childhood and Adolescence

      • Robert D. Felner
      Pages 125-147
    3. Family Violence and Parent Psychopathology

      • Sara R. Jaffee
      Pages 149-163
    4. Families as Contexts for Children’s Adaptation

      • Susan M. Sheridan, John W. Eagle, Shannon E. Dowd
      Pages 165-179
    5. Resiliency in Maltreated Children

      • Shadi Houshyar, Joan Kaufman
      Pages 181-200
  4. Resilience as a Phenomenon in Childhood Disorders

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 201-201
    2. Resilience and the Disruptive Disorders of Childhood

      • Sam Goldstein, Richard Rider
      Pages 203-222
    3. From Helplessness to Optimism

      • Karen Reivich, Jane E. Gillham, Tara M. Chaplin, Martin E. P. Seligman
      Pages 223-237
    4. Resilience and the Child with Learning Disabilities

      • Nancy Mather, Nicole Ofiesh
      Pages 239-255
    5. Resilience and Self-Control Impairment

      • Wai Chen, Eric Taylor
      Pages 257-278

About this book

Even the most significant technological and medical advances of the 21st century have been tempered by the increasing risk posed to children in the form of such stressors as poverty, victimization, and family dysfunction. To overcome such challenging societal pressures, children must become skilled in navigating through these turbulent times. With the proper support from parents, extended families, and communities, children are much more likely to experience positive development rather than dysfunction in their adult lives.

To help children overcome the everyday obstacles they face - that is, to beat the odds - the Handbook of Resilience in Children gathers into one volume the current scientific theory, clinical guidelines, and real-world interventions to address such issues as:

  • The role of resilience in overcoming trauma, adversity, and abuse.
  • The relationship between resilience and other protective factors.
  • Resilience differences between boys and girls.
  • Measuring and evaluating resilience in clinical practice.
  • Using resilience in interventions with children and families.
  • Examples of school and community resilience-building programs.

The Handbook addresses ways in which the hypothetical and theoretical concepts of resilience can be applied in practice. It provides clinicians, academics, and mental health professionals with the information needed to affect positive youth development.

"Drs. Brooks and Goldstein have gathered several of the prime movers in the fields of psychology, education, and social work and asked them to reflect upon the role and function of resilience from their unique vantage points. The result is a comprehensive, detailed, transdisciplinary examination of the impact of resiliency as well as specific strategies to foster this crucial trait in children and youth. The Handbook of Resilience in Children provides us with a compass and a roadmap as we undertake this challenging journey with the children in our charge."

Richard D. Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.

Visiting Professor

Simmons College, Boston

Author of It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend

 

"Given the many challenges and stresses facing our youth today, the Handbook of Resilience in Children is an important new contribution. It provides a range of research perspectives and recommendations that can be very helpful to mental health professionals, researchers, and clinicians. In addition, it is useful in thinking about the needs of children across the socioeconomic spectrum and those experiencing stress as a result of various conditions. Most important, the focus on resilience rather than pathology is welcome and useful."

James P. Comer, M.D., Associate Dean

Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry

Yale Child Study Center

School of Medicine

Keywords

  • Abuse
  • Adversity
  • Child Psychopathology
  • Effective Parenting
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Resilience
  • Trauma
  • Violence Prevention

Reviews

"Drs. Brooks and Goldstein have gathered several of the prime movers in the fields of psychology, education, and social work and asked them to reflect upon the role and function of resilience from their unique vantage points. The result is a comprehensive, detailed, transdisciplinary examination of the impact of resiliency as well as specific strategies to foster this crucial trait in children and youth. The Handbook of Resilience in Children provides us with a compass and a roadmap as we undertake this challenging journey with the children in our charge."

Richard D. Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.

Visiting Professor

Simmons College, Boston

Author of It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend

"Given the many challenges and stresses facing our youth today, the Handbook of Resilience in Children is an important new contribution. It provides a range of research perspectives and recommendations that can be very helpful to mental health professionals, researchers, and clinicians. In addition, it is useful in thinking about the needs of children across the socioeconomic spectrum and those experiencing stress as a result of various conditions. Most important, the focus on resilience rather than pathology is welcome and useful.

James P. Comer, M.D., Associate Dean

Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry

Yale Child Study Center

School of Medicine

From the reviews:

"Goldstein and Brooks bring a broad range of contributions to their handbook … . This excellent book could serve as a special-topics text for an advanced undergraduate seminar." (J.F. Heberle, CHOICE, 2004)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City

    Sam Goldstein

  • Harvard Medical School, Boston

    Robert B. Brooks

  • McLean Hospital, Belmont

    Robert B. Brooks

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