Building resilience by teaching and supporting the development of social emotional skills and wellness in vulnerable children

Authored by: Todd I. Herrenkohl , Logan A. Favia

The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Resilience

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138954878
eBook ISBN: 9781315666716
Adobe ISBN: 9781317355946

10.4324/9781315666716.ch28

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Abstract

Resilience, as conceptualized in this chapter, is a life course process that characterizes successful adaptation to adverse childhood experiences (Herrenkohl, 2011). Adverse childhood experiences, which include abuse and neglect, are known risk factors for a range of developmental and functional impairments in children, as well as later-occurring problems, such as drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and mental illness. Research also shows a link to physical health, the onset of disease, and premature death in adults. However, adverse childhood experiences do not always lead to negative outcomes, nor do they consistently limit what any individual can achieve in her or his lifetime. Those who rebound from adversity and avoid at least some of the associated negative consequences are considered resilient (Herrenkohl, 2011; Klika & Herrenkohl, 2013).

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