Broadening Research on Developmental Risk

Implications from Studies of Vulnerable and Stress-Resistant Children
  • Norman Garmezy
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Abstract

Risk research, with its roots in epidemiology, is concerned with the identification of factors that accentuate or inhibit disease and deficiency states, and the processes that underlie them. Risk studies run the gamut from individual case histories to cross-sectional, and short-term and lengthier longitudinal investigations. The studies traverse the entire life span from birth to old age, with foci that include a broad range of risk factors. These include etiological studies emphasizing potential biological and behavioral precursors; personal positive and negative predispositional attributes; genetic and environmental influences on disorder; the actualizing power of stressful experiences; the ameliorating force of identifiable “protective” factors; the study of coping patterns, including their origins, development, and situational contexts; and the evaluation of outcomes ranging from signs of severe biobehavioral and social deficits to patterns of resilience and adaptation amid disadvantage.

Keywords

Open Heart Surgery Handicapped Child Continuous Performance Test Hyperactive Child Risk Research 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norman Garmezy
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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