Resilience pathways

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Journeys of resilience: from adverse childhoods to achieving adulthood

Artemis Research NZ Ltd, SuPERU (New Zealand), New Zealand. Ministry of Social Development
Wellington N.Z. : Superu, 2017.
The New Zealand Government commissioned this project to understand how many at-risk families go on to achieve positive education and employment outcomes and the key factors that influence this success. Part one of the project draws on a recent analysis of linked administrative data by the Treasury which analysed the potential relationship between a range of risk factors - including a parent with a corrections history, spending most of one's childhood with a parent on a benefit, and a child abuse notification by age five - and outcomes in education and employment. Part two of the project draws on interviews with 49 people who had achieved positive education or employment outcomes despite experiencing adversity during their childhood. The report identifies the individual, interpersonal, and community factors that help people overcome adversity, highlights the importance of resilience, and briefly considers the implications for service providers and government policy. Resilience for Maori in the context of whanau is also discussed.

The state of Victoria's children 2015: tipping the scales for children's positive development

Victoria. Dept. of Education and Training
Melbourne : Dept. of Education and Training, 2016.
This annual report series provides an overview of how children are faring in Victoria, serving as an evidence base to support planning and policy development. This 2015 edition takes the theme of the balance between protective factors and risk factors in the lives of children and young people. It presents the latest data on: early learning and development, quality of early childhood education and care, student achievement and engagement, physical health, wellbeing and resilience, keeping children safe from harm, parenting capability and confidence, strong families, and formal and informal supports - examining how these factors interact to affect children and the family environment, and how this evidence can inform services that work to foster positive development.

Understanding research on risk and protective factors for intimate partner violence

Gulliver P and Fanslow J
Auckland, N.Z. : New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, University of Auckland, 2016.
The likelihood of experiencing or perpetrating intimate partner violence is related to a complex interplay of a number of different variables, rather than a single factor such as alcohol use or poverty. This paper presents some of the conceptual models that have guided exploration of risk and protective factors and provides an understanding of the characteristics of the research that has led to the identification of these factors. It highlights the challenges involved with the measurement of risk and protective factors, counters misconception that there may be any one true cause of IPV, and underscores the need for a comprehensive, multi-pronged strategy to addressing IPV within New Zealand.

Resiliency among Australian school students : a report on 43,799 primary and secondary school students.

J-F, Fuller A, Swabey K, Pullen D, Waldrip B, Wicking A and Wicking P
AARE Conference 2015. Deakin, ACT : Australian Association for Research in Education, 2016: 14p
This paper presents findings from a nationwide survey of resilience among children and young people in Australia. The Resilience Survey was conducted between 2013 and 2015 across primary and secondary schools in Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, and Tasmania, with 43,799 children and young people aged from 7 to 18 years old participating. The survey looked at children and young people's strengths in terms of developmental assets, mental health, internal and external risk and protective factors, and their ability to cope with everyday pressures and stressors.

Child-centred disaster risk reduction : can disaster resilience programs reduce risk and increase the resilience of children and households?

Ronan K, Haynes K, Amri A, Towers B, Alisic E, Davie S, Ireland N and Petal M
Australian Journal of Emergency Management 1324 1540 v. 31 no. 3 Jul 2016: 49-58
This paper summarises developments on the role of child-centred disaster risk reduction and resilience. While research has increased in the past 15 years, there are significant research gaps, including those regarding the effectiveness of programs and their relatively patchy implementation. It focuses on how can we create, evaluate, implement and scale up CC-DRR programs that work over time, including during disasters and into adulthood, to reduce risk and increase resilience for children, youth, schools, households and communities.

The state of Victoria's children 2013-14: a report on resilience and vulnerability within Victoria's children and young people

Victoria. Dept. of Education and Training
Melbourne : Dept. of Education and Training, 2016.
This annual report series provides an overview of how children are faring in Victoria, serving as an evidence base to support planning and policy development. The 2013-14 report focuses on resilience, vulnerability and disadvantage in children, young people, and their families. It examines the prevalence of vulnerability, resilience, and disadvantage; summarises the key risk and protective factors that affect children and young people's development; considers critical periods such as early childhood and the transition to school; and reviews risk and protective factors within the family environment. The report also considers the role of universal and targeted services in supporting vulnerable children and families. Although the majority of Victoria's children and young people are doing well, a notable proportion face poorer outcomes than their peers - including Aboriginal children and young people, those who live in the most disadvantaged areas, and those involved with the child protection system or who live in out of home care. Note, that though these groups are more disproportionately affected, risk factors exist for all children and all families.

Childhood behavior problems and fighting in early adulthood : what factors are protective?

Vassallo S, Edwards B and Forrest W
Journal of Criminal Justice v. 45 Jun 2016: 85-93
The paper draws upon data from the Australian Temperament Project to examine factors that protected children with high externalizing problems at age 11-12 from engaging in fighting at ages 17-18 and 19-20.

Evidence review: addressing the social determinants of inequities in mental wellbeing of children and adolescents

Welsh J, Ford L, Strazdins L and Friel S
Melbourne : VicHealth, 2015.
This report provides an overview of the social determinants of inequities in mental wellbeing in children and adolescents and successful approaches in how they can be addressed. It reviews the Australian and international evidence on the social gradient in mental wellbeing and common mental illness of children and adolescents, identifies best and promising practices and interventions, and identifies limitations and gaps in the evidence base. The findings are discussed in light of the VicHealth Framework for Health Equity - a health promotion tool which identifies three layers of influence on health: socioeconomic, political and cultural contexts; daily living conditions; and individual health-related factors. There is strong evidence that mental health is produced by a combination of individual factors and the condition in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These daily living conditions are generated by broader sociopolitical, socioeconomic and sociocultural environments, and produce unjust and avoidable inequities in health and wellbeing.

Epidemiological evidence relating to resilience and young people: a literature review

Tollit M, McDonald M, Borschmann R, Bennett K, Sabler M and Patton G
Melbourne : VicHealth, 2015.
The growing recognition of the impact of adversity on children and young people has led to a greater focus upon resilience. This literature review identifies the protective factors that contribute to the development of resilience among children, adolescents and young adults. It synthesises evidence from studies on the individual, family, peer, school, and community-level factors that help support children and young people facing a range of adversities, from bullying to mass shootings. This report is one of a series of literature reviews to help inform the VicHealth Mental Wellbeing Strategy 2015-2019.

Thriving in adversity: identification of off-diagonal South Australian communities using AEDC and NAPLAN data

Gregory T, Keech B, Sincovich A and Brinkman S
Adelaide, SA : Fraser Mustard Centre, 2015.
In communities with higher levels of socioeconomic disadvantage, children tend to have a higher level of developmental vulnerability and face more challenges at school. However, there are exceptions. This report looks at disadvantaged communities in South Australia whose children are doing better than expected. It identifies some possible explanations for their resilience and the lessons that may be transferrable to other communities. Eight disadvantaged communities were compared - 4 which were thriving desite adversity, 4 which were performing 'as expected' - drawing on data from the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) and Year 3 National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) results.

Family resilience

SuPERU (New Zealand)
Wellington N.Z. : Superu, 2015.
What is it about some families that enables them to cope, and even thrive, with difficult situations? This paper reviews the concept of family resilience. It discusses risk and protective factors, family resilience in context, how family functioning and interactions contribute to resilience, and the relevance for policy and practice. Some American programmes that target family risk and protective factors are also described.

Better systems, better chances: a review of research and practice for prevention and early intervention

Fox S, Southwell A, Stafford N, Goodhue R, Jackson D and Smith C
Braddon, ACT : Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, 2015.
This rapid strategic literature review investigates the factors that promote positive child development and enable effective prevention and early intervention at a system-wide level. There is clear evidence that children's life chances are influenced by their families and communities and that they are able to be changed for the better. This review examines: Child development pathways and processes; The social and economic benefits of prevention and early intervention; Risk and protective factors for positive child development; Key pathways for intervention from antenatal through to adolescence; and System design elements that facilitate prevention and early intervention.

Understanding and combating school-based bullying from an individual-level perspective : a review

Hunt C
Australian Psychologist v. 50 no. 3 Jun 2015: 182-185
The majority of interventions for school-based bullying take a 'whole of school' approach, and research shows such interventions are successful in reducing rates of bullying. However, this commentary argues that a focus on individual factors, specifically those that are amenable to change, will add to these 'whole of school' effects. These individual factors - such as internalising symptoms, externalising behaviours, friendship quality, and self-esteem - can be targeted to build resilience and further reduce the incidence of bullying.

Multiple disadvantage and major life events.

Kikkawa D
Footprints in time - the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children : report from wave 5. Canberra, ACT : Dept. of Social Services, 2015. 9781925007732: 82-89
This feature article examines the relationship between the experience of major life events and children's social and emotional outcomes, comparing Indigenous and non-Indigenous children in Australia. Using data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) and the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC), it looks at the prevalence of major life events, the impact on children's social and emotional outcomes, the impact on primary carer's mental health, and changes over time. The findings indicate that the higher social and emotional difficulties scores experienced by Indigenous children do not arise from higher levels of disadvantage but from higher numbers of major life events. However, good mental health of the primary carer seems to be a protective factor for children, acting as a buffer for multiple major life events.

Influence of religion on intimate partner violence.

Ibrahim N
CDFVRe@der v. 12 no. 3 Dec 2014: 17-18
This article briefly describes the research on the influence of religious beliefs on attitudes towards intimate partner violence, including religion as a source of strength and its role as both a risk and protective factor.

Better lives for vulnerable teens: FACS review.

New South Wales. Dept. of Family and Community Services
Sydney, N.S.W. : NSW Dept. of Family and Community Services, 2014.
This study reviews the issues facing vulnerable young people in New South Wales, the factors which lead to high vulnerability trajectories, and the implications for the service sector and government policy. Though the majority of teenagers succeed in transitioning to independence, a small proportion of young people struggle and face the risk of instability and homelessness, disengagement from school, exclusion from services, multiple placements in out-of-home care, poverty, early parenthood, and repeated custody in juvenile justice. Their complex needs are not met by conventional services, and intervention programs are distributed across numerous departments, such as education, health, and justice. The Department of Family and Community Services has instigated this study as it comes in contact with many of these young people and is well-positioned to lead a collaborative response. The findings are published in 3 reports. Volume 1 summarises the aims of the review and outlines the case for change. Volume 2 examines risk and protective factors and systemic issues and opportunities. Volume 3 collates supplementary reference material.

Predictors of mental health competence in a population cohort of Australian children.

Goldfeld S, Kvalsvig A, Incledon E, O'Connor M and Mensah F
Journal of Epidemiology of Community Health v. 68 no. 5 2014: 431-437
Positive mental health - or mental health competence - is an independent outcome that cannot be inferred from the absence of problems. This article presents a new measure of mental health competence in children, and identifies predictors usng data from the Australian Early Development Index (AEDI).

Strategies for scaling effective family-focused preventive interventions to promote children's cognitive, affective, and behavioral health : workshop summary

Patlak M
Washington, D.C. : The National Academies Press, 2014.
This report is the summary of a workshop convened by the Institute of Medicine's 'Forum on Promoting Children's Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health' to explore effective preventive interventions for youth that can modify risk and promote protective factors that are linked to mental, emotional, and behavioral health, and how to apply this existing knowledge. Based on the 2009 report 'Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People', this report considers how to build a stronger research and practice base around the development and implementation of programs, practices, and policies that foster children's health and well-being across the country, while engaging multi-sectorial stakeholders.

Building resilience in three Australian? high schools, using the Resilience Doughnut framework.

Worsley L
Prince-Embury, Sandra, ed. Saklofske, Donald H., ed. Resilience interventions for youth in diverse populations. New York : Springer, 2014: 217-257
This chapter explains how the Resilience Doughnut framework can be used to build resilience within young people in high school settings. The Resilience Doughnut framework models internal characteristics and external environmental contexts, including: parent, skill, family, education, peer, community and money. The chapter describes these features of the framework and how they link to build internal resilience, and presents case studies on how the framework was applied in three high school settings in Australia.

Resilience amongst Australian Aboriginal youth : an ecological analysis of factors associated with psychosocial functioning in high and low family risk contexts.

Hopkins K, Zubrick S and Taylor C
PLoS ONE v. 9 no. 7 Jul 2014: e102820
This article investigates the factors that promote resilience or protect psychosocial development in Australian Aboriginal young people. Using findings from the Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey (WAACHS), it compares adolescents from low- and high-risk families and identifies the independent influence of individual, peer, family, neighborhood and cultural factors, in including racism, neighbourhood socioeconomic status, prosocial friendship, parenting, family unemployment, exposure to violence, self-esteem, and self-regulation. The article describes distinct profiles of risk, protective and promotive factors.

Whanau Ora : He Whakaaro A Whanau - Maori family views of family wellbeing.

Boulton A and Gifford H
International Indigenous Policy Journal v. 5 no. 1 2014: Article 1
The 'Whanau Ora Approach to Social Service Delivery' is an initiative aimed at meeting the needs of Maori families in New Zealand. It is based on Maori cultural values as well as whanau ora - a distinctly Maori concept. This article explores the nature and meaning of whanau ora, and considers whether this has been affected by this new service delivery approach.

Whose responsibility? Resilience in families of children with developmental disabilities.

Muir K and Strnadova I
Disability and Society v. 29 no. 6 2014: 922-937
As families with children with disabilities are at higher risk of stress, financial disadvantage and family breakdown than other families, recent research has taken a more positive, strength-based approach to promote coping and resilience in these families. However, this approach burdens parents with responsibility for how they cope. Based on interviews with parents of children with developmental disabilities based in New South Wales, this article explores these concepts in more detail. It deconstructs the definition and rhetorical function of family resilience and discusses the dichotomy of individual versus collective responsibilities.

Disasters, children and families : have we arrived at a comprehensive model of emotional health care?

McDermott B
Australian Journal of Emergency Management 1324 1540 v. 29 no. 1 Jan 2014: 10-11
This article describes Queensland's three-tiered approach to screening and intervention to help the emotional health of children involved in disasters.

Protective factors against the impact of school bullying perpetration and victimization on young adult externalizing and internalizing problems.

Hemphill S, Tollit M and Herrenkohl T
Journal of School Violence v. 13 no. 1 2014: 125-145
This article examines the later impact of adolescent bullying in early adulthood, and the protective individual and family factors involved. It presents findings from a study of over 650 Victorians young people, comparing self-reported bullying perpetration and victimization at ages 16-17 years and externalising and internalising problems at ages 18-19 years.

Bullying in early adolescence and antisocial behavior and depression six years later : what are the protective factors?

Vassallo S, Edwards B, Renda J and Olsson C
Journal of School Violence v. 13 no. 1 2014: 100-124
This article investigates what factors protect adolescent bullies from becoming antisocial young adults in later life, as well as what factors protect adolescent victims of bullying from subsequent depression in young adulthood. It uses data from the Australian Temperament Project, a longitudinal study of development through life. Identifying potentially modifiable factors will allow the development of targeted interventions to help reduce the negative impacts of bullying for both victims and offenders.

The Resilience Practice Framework

Benevolent Society (Paddington, N.S.W.), Parenting Research Centre
Paddington, NSW : The Benevolent Society, 2014
The Resilience Practice Framework is designed to help practitioners promote resilience in children and families. The approach aims to maximising the likelihood of better outcomes for children by building a protective network around them. Based on the work of Gilligan (1997) and Daniel & Wassell (2002), it identifies six domains of a child's life that contribute to the factors known to be associated with resilience: secure base, education, friendships, talents and interests, positive values, and social competencies. This suite of documents provides an overview of the framework and 8 practice guides, which explore: practitioner skills; secure and stable relationships; increasing self efficacy; increasing safety; improving empathy; increasing coping/self regulation; cumulative harm; and infants at risk of abuse and neglect.

Understanding connections and relationships: child maltreatment, intimate partner violence and parenting

Murphy C, Paton N, Gulliver P and Fanslow J
Auckland, N.Z. : New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, University of Auckland, 2013.
This issues paper reviews the international evidence on the frequency with which intimate partner violence and child maltreatment co-occur. Topics include: prevalence and co-occurrence, children's exposure to intimate partner violence, the impacts of family violence on children and young people, coping strategies and antisocial behaviour, the impacts of intimate partner violence on mothering, intimate partner violence and fathering, and protective factors for children. New Zealand studies, Maori and Pasifika families, The paper aims to promote discussion on this issue and raise awareness of the need to address intimate partner violence in order to reduce children's vulnerability to maltreatment.

The social and emotional wellbeing of indigenous youth: reviewing and extending the evidence and examining its implications for policy and practice

Haswell M, Blignault I, Fitzpatrick S and Jackson Pulver L
Sydney, NSW : Muru Marri, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW, 2013.
This report reviews what works in promoting the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. It examines current knowledge on the state of Indigenous youth wellbeing, how it can be measured, social determinants and the risk and protective factors, effective strategies for promoting wellbeing, and what makes these strategies and programs successful, sustainable and transferable. The study involved a review of the research literature and current policies, programs, and services, as well as in-depth case studies of six successful programs. It is hoped the findings will enhance policy, resource allocation decisions and practice.

Evidence informed practice in intensive family support programs : are we there yet?

Iannos M and Antcliff G
21 May 2013
The Resilience Practice Framework (Daniel and Wassell, 2002) focuses on maximising the likelihood of better outcomes for children by building a protective framework around them. This webinar discusses The Benevolent Society's approach to the development and implementation of the Resilience Practice Framework to their intensive family support programs. The challenges and facilitators of implementing evidence-informed practice will be discussed along with identifying the next steps of the implementation cycle.

Early childhood mental health

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
Cambridge, Mass. : Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University, 2013
This briefing paper outlines what is known about mental health problems in early childhood, including risk factors, long term problems, and the policy implications for intervention.
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