Investing in Children, Youth, Families, and Communities

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  • Copyright: 2003-10-01
  • Publisher: Amer Psychological Assn
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A transformative theme - from deficits to strengths - emerges in this book, as it surveys the mounting evidence that programs that shore up resilience can and do work. Empirically rich chapters show how children, youth, families, and communities can be vital resources in countering the challenges posed by violence, abuse, neglect, and other obstacles to development. It provides concrete examples of programs that recognize, strengthen, and marshal the abilities of individuals and groups traditionally assumed to be deficient or in need of "fixing." Uniquely, this book also extends the scientific findings to real-world program and policy implications.

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Setting the Stagep. 1
Strengths-Based Research and Policy: An Introductionp. 3
Research and Policy for Building Strengths: Processes and Contexts of Individual, Family, and Community Developmentp. 13
Adversities, Strengths, and Public Policyp. 31
Overcoming Adverse Circumstances Affecting the Individual and the Familyp. 51
Strengths-Building Public Policy for Children of Divorcep. 53
Resilient Outcomes in Abused and Neglected Children: Bases for Strengths-Based Intervention and Prevention Policiesp. 73
The Strengths, Competence, and Resilience of Women Facing Domestic Violence: How Can Research and Policy Support Them?p. 97
Enhancing the Developmental Outcomes of Adolescent Parents and Their Childrenp. 117
Fostering Resilience in Children of Alcoholic Parentsp. 137
Mental Health Services: A Family Systems Approachp. 157
Children and Families Coping With Pediatric Chronic Illnessesp. 173
Overcoming Adverse Circumstances in the Community and Societyp. 191
Building Protection, Support, and Opportunity for Inner-City Children and Youth and their Familiesp. 193
Opportunities for Schools to Promote Resilience in Children and Youthp. 213
The Organization of Schooling and Adolescent Developmentp. 233
Resilience in Children Exposed to Negative Peer Influencesp. 251
Racial and Ethnic Status: Risk and Protective Processes Among African American Familiesp. 269
Acculturation and Enculturation Among Latino Youthp. 285
Community Violence and Children: Preventing Exposure and Reducing Harmp. 303
Community Development as a Response to Community-Level Adversity: Ecological Theory and Research and Strengths-Based Policyp. 321
Conclusions and Future Directionsp. 341
A Blueprint for the Futurep. 343
Indexp. 355
About the Editorsp. 379
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