Adolescence, Risk and Resilience: Against the Odds
January 2008, ©2006
This book looks in depth at some of the key risks faced by adolescents, and at some of the ways in which they can be alleviated. Some children are more resilient than others, even if they experience the same patterning of risk factors. Practitioners can aim to help families and other agencies to foster and bolster protective factors in the young peoples’ lives. Key adults in the family can perhaps become mentors and thus substitute for shortfalls in parenting. While it is often a source of stress and exclusion, education also has a role in providing positive experiences and much needed structure. Researchers have also highlighted the importance of ‘turning points’, such as moving out of a neighbourhood, which may interrupt the flow from risk factors to poor outcomes. We can begin to untangle some of the ‘knock on’ effects that act to increase risk, and doing this brings opportunities for intervention.
Chapter 2. The Role of the Family (Catherine O'Brien and Jacqueline Scott)
Chapter 3. Growing Up in Substitute Care: Risk and Resilience Factors for Looked-after Young People and Care Leavers (Sue Mills and Nick Frost)
Chapter 4. Sex and Risk ( Jennifer J. Pearce)
Chapter 5. Mental Health and Mental Disorders (Panos Vostanis)]
Chapter 6. Young Disabled Peopel ( Kirsten Stalker)
Chapter 7. Anti-social Behaviour (Ann Hagell)
Chapter 8. Social Exclusion, Risk and Young Adulthood (Robert MacDonald)
Chapter 9. Adolescence, Risk and Resilience: A Conclusion (John Coleman and Ann Hagell)
Dr Ann Hagell is Co-Director of the Policy Research Bureau, an independent social policy centre focusing children, families and at-risk adolescents.
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