By John W. Reich PhD, Alex J. Zautra PhD, John Stuart Hall PhD
The 1st ebook to maneuver past early life and youth to discover techniques of resilience around the lifespan, this state-of-the-art quantity synthesizes the simplest present study within the box. members provide a finished exam of resilience at a number of degrees of research, from genetic and physiological elements via person, kinfolk, and group approaches. Compelling themes contain: *Whether resilience is better understood as a trait, a dynamic developmental strategy, an end result, or all the above. *How resilience intersects with future health and overall healthiness around the grownup existence cycle. *Cross-cultural concerns in conceptualization and size. *Ways to reinforce grownup resilience, together with experiences of exemplary courses.
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2004) is one example. This program engages retired senior citizens to advance the chances of young children within innercity schools. The seniors are provided a way to participate meaningfully in bettering the lives of children in their community. In turn, the children have a surrogate, caring grandparent, who watches over them during part of the school day. Success is measured by markers of well-being among the seniors, as well as retention rates of the children in high school. Saint Luke’s Health Initiatives (2008), a public foundation in Phoenix, Arizona, has launched a 5-year, multimillion-dollar program that blends the authors’ resilience model with strength-based community development as a key to resilience (Kretzmann & McKnight, 1993).
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