Monday, May 2, 2011

Putting Risk and Resilience in Context

Tuppett Yates, Ph.D.
University of California, Riverside

Monday, May 2nd
12:00-1:30 pm
Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway 1517

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How do children survive and, in some cases, thrive in the wake of adversity? From acute traumatic events, such as Japan’s earthquake, to the chronic challenges of wars waged in and outside the family setting, some children are living and growing despite marked threats to their well being, while others are suffering because of them. Nearly 50 years of scholarship has sought to elucidate the processes underlying the better-than-expected developmental outcomes that typify resilience. Despite evidence converging on a "short list" of features and factors that contribute to resilience, this talk will provide evidence that resilience is a developmentally anchored, multiply determined, dynamic developmental phenomenon. Findings from studies following 250 high risk preschoolers across the transition into formal schooling and 200 foster youth across the transition into adulthood will support this contextual view of risk and resilience.