Promoting children’s resilience by strengthening parenting practices in families under extreme stress

The Parent Management Training-Oregon model

Authored by: Laura Supkoff Nerenberg , Abigail Gewirtz

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


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Over the past sixty years, a strong body of empirical literature has emerged to facilitate an understanding of the correlates and predictors of children’s resilience. We use the word ‘resilience’ to connote the capacity to function within the typical range (emotionally and behaviorally, in school, and in social settings) despite adverse life circumstances (Masten, 2001). What enables a child to survive and function competently despite living under conditions of extreme adversity? Several longitudinal studies have followed at-risk children over decades from childhood to adulthood in order to understand child and family factors that may be associated with resilience (Werner, 2013). The results of these studies indicate that there is a ‘shortlist’ of child and family factors that appear to be associated with resilience. Chief among the family factors is a child’s access to an effective or competent parent or caregiver (Masten et al., 1999).

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