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NCJ Number: NCJ 242102     Find in a Library
Title: Resilience After Maltreatment: The Importance of Social Services as Facilitators of Positive Adaptation
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Author(s): Michael Ungar
  Journal: Child Abuse & Neglect  Volume:37  Issue:2-3  Dated:February/March 2013  Pages:110 to 115
Date Published: 03/2013
Page Count: 6
  Annotation: This article discusses the role that social services play in the development of resilience among children who have been victims of maltreatment.
Abstract: While numerous studies have found that four types of factors play important roles in the development of resilience in maltreated children, only three types of factors have received extensive research. Most of the studies on resilience have focused on individual, family, and school factors associated with resilience, with few studies examining the effect that formal support services have on reducing the impact of maltreatment on children’s development. The assumption has been made by researchers that service providers who are able to adapt environments around maltreated children will have more success at helping those children function more effectively; however, little research has been done to test this assumption. The author notes that interventions by service providers have been found to follow certain patterns: population-wide interventions may be most effective only with children who are most at-risk, while interventions focused only on at-risk children will be effective only to the extent that they provide maltreated children with the resources they need for successful coping. The author suggests that more research is needed on which interventions are more effective with abused and neglected children that have experienced different levels of maltreatment. References
Main Term(s): Child abuse
Index Term(s): Child welfare ; Child protection services ; Social service agencies ; Child abuse situation remedies ; Child abuse investigations ; Child abuse prevention ; Child abuse treatment
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Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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