A Risk and Resilience Framework for Child and Youth Programs

Jeffrey M. Jenson, Catherine F. Alter, Nicole Nicotera, Elizabeth K. Anthony and Shandra S. Forrest-Bank

in Risk, Resilience, and Positive Youth Development

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199755882
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979509 | DOI:
A Risk and Resilience Framework for Child and Youth Programs

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Effective community-based programs for at-risk children and youth use theory to inform the nature and direction of interventions and services. Knowledge gained from a well-tested theory provides important insights about why some young people develop problems at school or participate in problem behaviors like delinquency or drug use. Theories also help us think about the timing of intervention in relation to normal developmental phases experienced by children and adolescents. This chapter reviews briefly the evolution of theories and program strategies that seek to explain, prevent, and treat childhood and adolescent problems. This chapter then turns to a detailed description of the risk and resilience framework as a relatively new approach to addressing problems experienced by young people. Finally, the chapter applies principles of risk, protection, and resilience to program design and interventions used commonly with at-risk children and youth.

Keywords: at-risk youth; risk; protection; resilience; prevention; treatment; community-based programs; public health

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