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Risk and Resilience Among Children Referred to the Child Welfare System

Anne Shaffer, Byron Egeland and Kevin Wang

in Child Welfare and Child Well-Being

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780195398465
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199863426 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398465.003.0003
Risk and Resilience Among Children Referred to the Child Welfare System

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This chapter looks at children in their beginning school years. For children involved with child welfare, the transition to school brings new opportunities but may also present new obstacles to those who lack stability in their home or community environments. The chapter examines a major developmental construct—resilience—defined as adaptation in the face of adversity. It identifies some factors that appear to promote more competent functioning in this high-risk group of school-aged children. Interestingly, potentially modifiable factors are found to be important, including school engagement and placement stability.

Keywords: school-aged children; child welfare; resilience; adaptation

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