ERIC Number: ED402247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
From Risk to Resiliency: The Role of Law-Related Education.
Wright, Norma D.
The purpose of this paper is to identify and explore those characteristics of at-risk youth who have succeeded in overcoming adverse environmental conditions and to focus on the role of law-related education (LRE) in promoting the development of those characteristics that lead to healthy behavior. At-risk youth are defined as those who have been subject to a combination of interrelated biological, psychological, and social factors that result in a greater likelihood for the development of delinquency, substance abuse, or other anti-social and self-destructive behaviors. Resiliency is the ability to overcome successfully the effects of a high-risk environment. Resilient children are identified as demonstrating: (1) social competence, including care for others and good communication skills; (2) problem solving and critical thinking skills; and (3) a sense of autonomy. While LRE is not a panacea for the complex problems facing youth-at-risk, the three factors identified as critical to resiliency are explicit objectives of LRE curriculums. LRE can foster resilience to risk factors among students. (LH)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Communication Skills, Critical Thinking, Delinquency Prevention, Elementary Secondary Education, Empathy, Law Related Education, Problem Solving, Resilience (Personality), Self Esteem, Social Studies, Youth Problems
Center for Civic Education, 5146 Douglas Fir Road, Calabasas, CA 91302.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Center for Civic Education, Calabasas, CA.