Resiliency: What We Have Learned / Edition 1

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A few years ago, resiliency theory was relatively new to the fields of prevention and education. Today, it is at the heart of hundreds of school and community programs that recognize in all young people the capacity to lead healthy, successful lives. The key, as Benard reports in this synthesis of a decade and more of resiliency research, is the role that families, schools, and communities play in supporting, and not undermining, this biological drive for normal human development. Of special interest is the evidence that resiliency prevails in most cases by far — even in extreme situations, such as those caused by poverty, troubled families, and violent neighborhoods.

An understanding of this developmental wisdom and the supporting research, Benard argues, must be integrated into adults' vision for the youth they work with and communicated to young people themselves. Benard's analysis of how best to incorporate research findings to support young people is both realistic and inspirational. It is an easy-to-read discussion of what the research has found along with descriptions of what application of the research looks like in our most successful efforts to support young people.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780914409182
  • Publisher: WestEd
  • Publication date: 8/21/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 148
  • Sales rank: 725,252
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

For over twenty years, Bonnie Benard has brought the concept of resilience to the attention of national and international audiences. She has written widely, provided training, and made presentations in the field of prevention and resilience/youth development theory, policy, and practice. Her earlier WestEd publication, Fostering Resiliency in Kids: Protective Factors in the Family, School, and Community (1991), is credited with introducing resiliency theory and application to the fields of prevention and education. She holds a Master's Degree in social work and is currently a Senior Program Associate with WestEd's Health and Human Development Program.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Glen Harvey

Preface: A Pivotal Decade

Chapter 1. Resilience: A Universal Capacity

Chapter 2. Resilience Outcomes: Personal Strengths Chapter 3. A Perspective on Strengths

Chapter 4. Environmental Protective Factors Chapter 5. Family Protective Factors Chapter 6. School Protective Factors Chapter 7. Community Protective Factors Chapter 8. A Perspective on Protective Systems

Chapter 9. Conclusion

Appendix A. Matrix of Personal Strengths Appendix B. Family Protective Factor Indicators Appendix C. School Protective Factor Indicators Appendix D. Community Program Protective Factor Indicators


Figure 1. A Longitudinal Look at Risk and Resilience: Werner & Smith Figure 2. Personal Strengths: What Resilience Looks Like Figure 3. Protective Factors in Young People's Environments Figure 4. The Role of Protective Factors in Human Systems Figure 5. Moving from Risk to Resiliency in Our Schools Figure 6. Youth Development Process: Resiliency in Action Figure 7. When Adults Believe in Resilience Table 1. Effects of Best Practices in Family Support Programs

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