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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.     

The Theory of Resilience and its Application to Street Children in the Minority and Majority Worlds
The theory of resilience and its application to street children in the minority and majority worlds

In the 1950s, children who had run away from home to the streets were classified in the DSM-III-R as having a mental disorder, a perception that focuses on a child's deficits as opposed to strengths (Demoskoff & Lauzer, 1994). Although this classification is no longer used, the idea is still prevalent that the behavior of a child that results in his or her presence on the street must be maladaptive. The media, police, courts, social workers, and the public perpetuate this sensationalist image of deviance globally (Aptekar, 2000; Le Roux, 1998; Scheper-Hughes & Hoffman, ...

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