Family Resilience and At-Risk Youth


I knew I’d survived my family’s emotional neglect the day my brother called to tell me my father had died. As I hung up the phone, I have to be honest, I was tearless, calm, awash in this sudden release. Not exactly the emotions most people experience at a time like that. We’re not supposed to admit that sometimes the death of a parent is something we welcome. But to be truthful, many of us who survive the chaos of troubled families need emotional distance to remain whole. Staring at the phone still in my hand after I’d hung up, all I could think was “Finally.” Then I went back to work.


Sexual Orientation Child Abuse Homeless Youth Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Social Ecology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WorkDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada

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