Resilience across Contexts: Family, Work, Culture, and Community

Resilience across Contexts: Family, Work, Culture, and Community

Resilience across Contexts: Family, Work, Culture, and Community

Resilience across Contexts: Family, Work, Culture, and Community

Synopsis

A number of societal risks pose serious challenges to families' well-being, many of which cut across divisions of class and race. These challenges include: changes in the labor market and economy; the increasing participation of mothers in the labor force; the changing nature of family structure and the composition of households; and the increase in the number of immigrant families. Key institutions in the lives of families, including places of employment and schools, can play a significant role in fostering families' capacity to adapt to the potential challenges they face. Resilience Across Contexts: Family, Work, Culture, and Community presents papers--written by leading scholars in varied disciplines including economics, developmental and educational psychology, education, and sociology--discussing factors that influence resilience development. The authors' research focuses on emerging issues that have significant implications for policy and practice in such areas as employment and new technologies; maternal employment and family development; family structure and family life; immigration, migration, acculturation, and education of children and youth; and social and human services delivery. The book's overall goal is to take stock of what is known from research and practice on some of the challenges facing children and families for policy development and improvement of practices.

Excerpt

Margaret C. Wang
Temple University Center for Research in Human Development and Education

A number of societal risks pose serious challenges to the well-being of families, many of which cut across divisions of class and race. These challenges include changes in the labor market and economy, the increasing participation of mothers in the labor force, the changing nature of family structure and the composition of households, and the increase in the number of immigrant families. Key institutions in the lives of families can play a significant role in fostering families' capacity to adapt to the potential challenges they face. Places of employment, schools, community agencies, and other educational and social services providing institutions have resources and expertise to provide supportive mechanisms that foster resilience in children and families with multiple and highly adverse life circumstances that place them at risk.

The concept of resilience-promoting interventions has emerged from research indicating the prospect of some children and families surviving serious life-threatening adversities without lasting damage. Such children and families tend to be motivated, independent, resourceful, and self-determined, and possess good interpersonal and cognitive problemsolving skills. Research focusing on furthering our understanding of the factors that influence resilience development can contribute to our capacity for designing interventions and public policies that will . . .

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