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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.
Chapter 8: Beetles, Bullfrogs, and Butterflies: Contributions of Natural Environment to Childhood Development and Resilience
Beetles, Bullfrogs, and Butterflies: Contributions of Natural Environment to Childhood Development and Resilience
Although childhood development begins in family, neighborhood, and community, childhood experience is also centered in a specific place, geography, and natural setting where children begin the process of exploration and discovery. The earth for most children is their first real home. It is the place where they first realize awe, surprise, and even danger. In this chapter, I explore the health-enhancing role that contact with and an appreciation for natural environment can play in the lives of those children who struggle to live good lives amid great adversity. I argue that nature can be one of the most ...