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Resilience and Vulnerability: Adaptation in the Context of Childhood Adversities [Paperback]

Suniya S. Luthar
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May 5, 2003 0521001617 978-0521001618
Childhood resilience is the phenomenon of positive adaptation despite significant life adversities. While interest in resilience has burgeoned in recent years, considerable uncertainty remains regarding what research has revealed about this phenomenon. Integrated in this book are contributions from leading scientists who have studied children's adjustment across risks common in contemporary society. Chapters in the first half of the book focus on risks emanating from the family, and in the second half, on risks stemming from the wider community. The concluding chapter integrates the evidence presented to determine considerations for future research, and directions for interventions and social policies.

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"Provides a comprehensive overview...the authors are stars in the risk/resilience field...a necessary read for researchers, students, and practitioners." Psychological Medicine

"This is a remarkable book. The editor, Suniya Luthar, deserves high praise for the monumental task she has accomplished in providing a balance between essays that deal with conceptual and methodological issues, reviews of empircal work, and intervention programs designed to promote resilience. The excellent commentaries on biologic and genetic influences, and the guidelines for future research, policy and practice are bound to inspire both graduate students and 'seasoned' professionals in child development, developmental psychology, child psychology, and social work." Emmy E. Werner, senior author of "Overcoming the Odds and Journeys from Childhood to Midlife: Risk, Resilience and Recovery"

"Superbly edited by Suniya Luthar...resilience has reached a new level of clarity and sophistication...each empirical finding supports a larger concept, and no concept -- no matter how small -- is made in the absence of solid research backing." American Journal of Psychiatry

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Childhood resilience is the phenomenon of positive adaptation despite significant life adversities. While interest in resilience has burgeoned in recent years, considerable uncertainty remains about what research has revealed about this phenomenon. Integrated in this book are contributions from leading scientists who have studied children's adjustment across risks common in contemporary society. Chapters in the first half of the book focus on risks emanating from the family, and in the second half, on risks stemming from the wider community. The concluding chapter integrates the evidence presented to determine considerations for future research, and directions for interventions and social policies.

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (May 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521001617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521001618
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb overview of a complex topic November 6, 2006
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What causes some people to collapse under adversity, while others are able to surmount seemingly overwhelming odds?

"Psychological resilience" has emerged as a hugely popular topic. The topic strikes a cultural chord, appealing to our myth of rugged individualism. We are all resilient - up to a point. For every child that develops severe problems due to a traumatic experience, many more do not.
But there is an illusory quality to the seeming variations among individuals in their capacity to conquer adversity. If we look deeply enough, we find that certain types of chronic adversity in early childhood are virtually insurmountable. No one overcomes them.

Luthar's edited volume goes a long way toward explaining what types of adversities predict this catastrophic failure, and why. With chapters from leading scholars, it explores factors that predict good or bad outcomes among children exposed to child abuse, divorce, poverty, parental mental illness, community violence, discrimination, parental alcoholism and drug abuse, and an accumulation of multiple risks. The book also explains biological and genetic influences on childhood outcome, and provides suggestions for how we can promote resilience through early childhood interventions.

This is an excellent overview of a complex topic. I highly recommend it.
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