Resilience and Vulnerability: Adaptation in the Context of Childhood Adversities / Edition 1

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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 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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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

Emmy E. Werner
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 empirical 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 psychiatry, and social work.
senior author of Overcoming the Odds and Journeys from Childhood to Midlife: Risk, Resilience, and Recovery
Edmund W. Gordon
Edited under the guidance of one of our foremost scholars of developmental-psychopathology and resilience, this excellent collection of essays virtually encircles extant perspectives on knowledge and thought concerning resilience and vulnerability in childhood. Encompassing the interaction between the biological and the social, and between factors intrinsic to the person and those associated with the environment, this volume is a new standard reference source for those of us concerned with Resilience and Vulnerability.
John M. Musser Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, Yale University, and Richard March Hoe Professor of Psychology and Education, Emeritus, Teachers College, Columbia University
Journal of Social Policy
"This edited collection brings together an extensive range of research material on the highly topical theme of resilience and vulnerability."
Daniel, B. vol. 33(3), 2004
From The Critics
'This edited volume...offers a comprehensive review that incorporates published findings and theoretical analysis."
Knapp, P. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, vol. 44(4), 2005 Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521001618
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Table of Contents

1. A resilience framework for research, policy, and practice: contributions from Project Competence Ann S. Masten and Jenifer L. Powell; Part I. Familial Adversities: Parental Psychopathology and Family Processes: 2. Young children with mentally ill parents: resilient developmental systems Ronald Seifer; 3. Risk and protective factors for children of depressed parents Constance Hammen; 4. Resilience and vulnerability among sons of alcoholics: relationship to developmental outcomes between early childhood and adolescence Robert A. Zucker, Maria W. Wong, Leon I. Puttler, and Hiram E. Fitzgerald; 5. Maternal drug abuse versus other psychological disturbances: risks and resilience among children Suniya S. Luthar, Karen D'Avanzo and Sarah Hites; 6. Resilience to childhood adversity: results of a 21 year study David M. Fergusson and L. John Horwood; 7. Sequelae of child maltreatment: vulnerability and resilience Kerry E. Bolger and Charlotte J. Patterson; 8. Risk and resilience in children coping with their parents' divorce and remarriage E. Mavis Hetherington and Anne Mitchell Elmore; 9. Correlational and experimental study of resilience for children of divorce and parentally bereaved children Irwin Sandler, Sharlene Wolchik, Caroline Davis, Rachel Haine and Tim Ayers; Part II. Exosystemic and Sociodemographic Risks: 10. Rethinking resilience: a developmental process perspective Tuppett M. Yates, Byron Egeland and L. Alan Sroufe; 11. Poverty and early childhood adjustment Elizabeth B. Owens and Daniel S. Shaw; 12. Emerging perspectives on context-specificity of children's adaptation and resilience: evidence from a decade of research with urban children in adversity Peter A. Wyman; 13. Holistic, contextual perspectives on risk, protection, and competence among low-income urban adolescents Edward Seidman and Sara Pedersen; 14. Overcoming the odds? Adolescent development in the context of urban poverty Ana Mari Cauce, Angela Stewart, Melanie Domenech Rodriguez, Bryan Cochran, and Joshua Ginzler; 15. Adaptation among youth facing multiple risks: prospective research findings Arnold Sameroff, Leslie Gutman and Steve C. Peck; 16. Positive adaptation among youth exposed to community violence Deborah Gorman-Smith and Patrick H. Tolan; 17. Perceived discrimination and resilience Laura A. Szalacha, Sumru Erkut, Cynthia García Coll, Jacqueline P. Fields, Odette Alarcón and Ineke Ceder; 18. Promoting resilience through early childhood intervention Arthur J. Reynolds and Suh-Ruu Ou; Part III. Commentaries: 19. Toward building a better brain: neurobehavioral outcomes, mechanisms, and processes of environmental enrichment John W. Curtis and Charles A. Nelson; 20. Genetic influences on risk and protection: implications for understanding resilience Michael Rutter; 21. Resilience and vulnerability: an integrative review Suniya S. Luthar and Laurel Bidwell Zelazo.

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    Posted March 8, 2004

    A Must Read...Brilliant

    Dr. Luthar has created an outstanding volume that is a must read for students and professionals alike. She has prepared a book that covers the topic completely with contributions from renowned scientists as well as her own chapter which provides a brilliant conclusion to the collection. For those interested in Resilience this book is a most valuable and comprehensive resource.

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