Fostering Resilience and Well-being in Children and Families in Poverty: Why Hope Still Matters

Hardcover | March 3, 2014

byValerie Maholmes

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The number of children living in families with incomes below the federal poverty level increased by 33 percent between 2000 and 2009, resulting in over 15 million children living in poverty. Some of these children are able to overcome this dark statistic and break the intergenerationaltransmission of poverty, offering hope to an otherwise bleak outlook, but this raises the question - how?In Fostering Resilience and Well-being in Children and Families in Poverty, Dr. Valerie Maholmes sheds light on the mechanisms and processes that enable children and families to manage and overcome adversity. She explains that research findings on children and poverty often unite around threecritical factors related to risk for poverty-related adversity: family structure, the presence of buffers that can protect children from negative influences, and the association between poverty and negative academic outcomes, and social and behavioral problems. She discusses how the research onresilience can inform better interventions for these children, as poverty does not necessarily preclude children from having strengths that may protect against its effects. Importantly, Maholmes introduces the concept of "hope" as a primary construct for understanding how the effects of poverty canbe ameliorated.At the heart of the book are interviews with family members who have experienced adversity but managed to overcome it through the support of targeted programs and evidence-based interventions. Student leaders provide unique perspectives on the important role that parents and teachers play inmotivating youth to succeed. Finally, professionals who work with children and families share their observations on effective interventions and the roles of culture and spirituality in fostering positive outcomes. Excerpts from these interviews bring research to life and help call attention toprocesses that promote hope and resilience. This book will be invaluable for policymakers, educators, and community and advocacy groups, as well as scholars and students in family studies, human development, and social work.

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The number of children living in families with incomes below the federal poverty level increased by 33 percent between 2000 and 2009, resulting in over 15 million children living in poverty. Some of these children are able to overcome this dark statistic and break the intergenerationaltransmission of poverty, offering hope to an otherw...

Dr. Valerie Maholmes has devoted her career to studying factors that affect child developmental outcomes. Low-income minority children have been a particular focus of her research, practical, and civic work. She has been a faculty member at the Yale Child Study Center in the Yale School of Medicine where she held the Irving B. Harris ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 3, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceElijah Cummings: ForewordAcknowledgmentsAbout the Author1. Hope: The Motivation to Overcome Adversity2. Thriving in Adversity: Toward a Framework of Hope, Optimism, and Resilience3. Wired for Hope?: Examining our Capacity for Recovery, Renewal, and Resilience4. Parenting and Family Matters: Contrasting Parenting and Family Processes - Examining Family Strengths and Assets5. Do You Believe in Me? : Promoting Hope through Quality Education and Opportunities to Learn6. Friends and Mentors: The Protective Power of Relationships7. Empowering Neighborhoods and Communities to Foster Resilience8. Hope, Optimism, and Resilience: Cultural Frames of Reference9. Hope in Action: Stories of Overcoming, Motivation, and Striving toward Well-Being10. Why Hope (Still) MattersReferencesIndex