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Facilitating Family Resilience: Relational Resources for Positive Youth Development in Conditions of Adversity

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Abstract

A social ecological understanding of resilience recognizes the important contributions of family and social networks, community services, and cultural influences in the positive development of youth in conditions of adversity. This paper offers relational and systemic perspectives on resilience, first considering how key family bonds in the multigenerational network of relationships can nurture children’s resilience. It then addresses resilience in the family as a functional unit, with ecological and developmental perspectives. It describes the author’s research-informed family resilience framework developed for clinical and community-based practice to strengthen children and families facing adversity. Core principles and guidelines in this family resilience approach are described, suggesting its broad utility for intervention and prevention efforts with vulnerable youth and their families. Key processes in family resilience, culled from findings from research on resilience and effective family functioning, are identified for practitioners to target interventions that enable children and their families to thrive in response to serious life challenges.

Keywords

Crisis Situation Kinship Care Mental Health Practitioner Life Challenge Family Life Cycle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chicago Center for Family HealthUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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