Street Children: Stories of Adversity and Resilience

  • Cornelio G. BanaagJr.Email author


The concept of resilience has initiated a paradigm shift in the fields of child development and prevention. This shift has focused on the innate capacity of individuals to face up to adverse events, withstand considerable hardships, and be made stronger by these events. There are few conditions in life that can be more adverse than to be young and live in the streets of major cities of the world. This chapter involves a study of a group of street children and youth in Manila who had shown evidence of resilience in the face of adversity. A search was made for the factors that made for their resilience, with the hope that these factors can be enhanced and be made useful in the battle against the dangers in the streets, particularly the danger of substance abuse.


Resilience Adversity Street children Resilience factors 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of the PhilippinesQuezon CityPhilippines

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