This book has already proved itself as a course adoption leader in Childhood Studies. All of the strengths of the First Edition have been retained. The book is comprehensive and judged with the needs of students in mind. It is a model of clarity and precision and has been acknowledged as such in reviews and course feedback. The new edition thoroughly revises old entries and adds new ones. The book is the most accessible, relevant student introduction to this expanding, interdisciplinary field. It is an indispensable teaching text and an ideal prompt for researchers.



An unevenly distributed variable of behavioural and emotional functioning that enables children and young people (and adults) differentially to cope with, and adapt positively to, adverse circumstances and experiences, thereby ameliorating to various degrees their negative effects and enabling positive adjustments to be made, even in conditions of risk.

As a concept applied to children and young people, resilience has perhaps emerged from, and been most prominent in, discourses about child abuse and protection. It has become more important in the context of childhood studies, however, because of the opportunity it offers to focus on children's agency, their adaptive and coping abilities and their competence, in contrast to dominant adult discourses that tend to focus on their vulnerability and need for protection.

Affected by both personality ...

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