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Gendered Adaptations, Resilience, and the Perpetration of Violence
Gendered adaptations, resilience, and the perpetration of violence
Jane F. Gilgun
Laura S. Abrams

Developmental psychopathologists seek to identify processes that lead to adaptive and maladaptive outcomes among high-risk groups, with the goal of contributing to interventions that can promote resilience and decrease risks (Luthar, 2003; Luthar & Cicchetti, 2000). Researchers, however, have given little attention to understanding the points of view of people who respond to their adverse life circumstances in ways that outsiders would define as maladaptive (Ungar, 2004). Soliciting the points of view of research participants helps us to understand the gendered, social, and cultural contexts to which individuals adapt. These concerns are important to human service professions that build on the premise of starting where the ...

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