Overcoming the Odds: High Risk Children from Birth to Adulthood / Edition 1

Overcoming the Odds: High Risk Children from Birth to Adulthood / Edition 1

by Emmy Werner, Ruth S Smith, Ruth S. Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801480183

ISBN-13: 9780801480188

Pub. Date: 03/01/1992

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Overcoming the Odds looks closely at the lives of an ethnically diverse group of 505 men and women who were born in 1955 on the Hawaiian island of Kauai and who have been monitored from the prenatal period through early adulthood by psychologists, pediatricians, public health professionals, and social workers. Werner and Smith trace the impact of a variety of…  See more details below

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Overcoming the Odds looks closely at the lives of an ethnically diverse group of 505 men and women who were born in 1955 on the Hawaiian island of Kauai and who have been monitored from the prenatal period through early adulthood by psychologists, pediatricians, public health professionals, and social workers. Werner and Smith trace the impact of a variety of biological and psycho-social risk factors and stressful events on the development of these individuals, most of whose parents did not graduate from high school and worked as semiskilled or unskilled laborers. Incorporating vivid case study accounts with statistical analysis, the authors focus on both the vulnerability and the resilience of those who overcame great odds to grow into competent and caring adults. They trace the recovery process through which most of the troubled adolescents in the cohort—those with histories of delinquency, teenage pregnancy, and mental health problems—emerged with improved prospects in their twenties and early thirties. Identifying both the self-righting tendencies that enable high risk children later to adapt successfully to work, marriage, and parenthood, and the conditions under which professional and volunteer care is most beneficial, Werner and Smith offer concrete suggestions for effective intervention policies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801480188
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
03/01/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2The Context of the Study17
3Ordinary People37
4The Resilient Children in Adulthood55
5Teenage Mothers in Later Years82
6Delinquents with and without Records of Adult Crimes103
7Mental Health Problems: Troubled Youths Grown Up129
8Stressful Events in Childhood and Youth and Adult Adaptation154
9Protective Factors and Adult Adaptation173
10Summing Up189
Appendix I
Tables 1-28213
Figures A1-A4242
Appendix II
Summary of Data Base: Kauai Longitudinal Study249
Summary of Scoring System for Prenatal-Perinatal Complications251
Instruments Used in the 31/32-Year Follow-Up253
Interview253
Questionnaire256
Life Event Checklist259
Scoring System for Ratings of Adult Adaptation260
References263
Index271

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