Early and middle childhood

Is resilience still a useful concept when working with children and young people?

Short article— 11 April 2012

CFCA Paper No. 2 reviews some of the complexities and issues surrounding the concept of resilience in order to ascertain its usefulness for practitioners working with children.

The paper offers a brief history of the research as well as an investigation of how resilience is defined, measured and used in practice.

The key messages of this paper are:

  • Although there are many varied definitions of resilience, most suggest that it involves children displaying competent functioning despite exposure to high levels of risk or adversity.

Family Relationships Quarterly No. 19

AFRC Newsletter No. 19 — August 2011

Articles include: lessons from other sectors in screening for family violence; issues related to past adoption practices; incarcerated mothers

Family Relationships Quarterly No. 18

AFRC Newsletter No. 18 — March 2011

Articles include: communication with young people in a family services setting; investigating gender differences in romantic relationships

Family Relationships Quarterly No. 17

AFRC Newsletter No. 17 — September 2010

Special edition on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. Articles include: the emergence of healing services; strengthening culture

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