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The Handbook For Working With Children & Youth: Pathways To Resilience Across Cultures and Contexts examines lives lived well despite adversity. Calling upon some of the most progressive thinkers in the field, it presents a groundbreaking collection of original writing on the theories, methods of study, and interventions to promote resilience. Unlike other works that have left largely unquestioned their own culture-bound interpretations of the ways children and youth survive and thrive, this volume explores the multiple paths children follow to health and well-being in diverse national and international settings. It demonstrates the connection between social and political health resources and addresses the more immediate concerns of how those who care for children create the physical, emotional, and spiritual environments in which resilience is nurtured.     

Strengthening Families and Communities: System Building for Resilience
Strengthening families and communities: System building for resilience
Barbara J. Friesen

Parenting any child is a challenging, dynamic process. When a child's disability requires special care or places physical, economic, social, and emotional demands on the family, this challenge to family resources may in itself become a risk factor for the healthy development of that child and others in the family. However, Masten (2001) reminds us of the “ordinary magic” associated with the adaptive capacities of all children. She asserts that resilience is more common than not and concludes that

very little evidence has emerged … to indicate that severe adversity has major or lasting effects on adaptive behaviors in the environment unless important adaptive systems, such as cognition and ...

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