ERIC Number: ED458502
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
The Promotion of Wellness in Children and Families: Challenges and Opportunities.
This paper considers the effects of martial disruption on families and the associated risks to children. It discusses opportunities for reducing risk and fostering the psychological well-being of children and families, through research, carefully designed interventions, and proactive social policies. A theory of resilience as cumulative competence promotion and stress protection is applied to the understanding of opportunities for reducing the stress of parental breakup on children. Several strategies are recommended for promoting wellness such as building behavioral and social-emotional competencies and providing proactive modifications to social systems such as school, legal, and judicial systems. Research to date suggests some promising approaches to fostering children's resilience and healthy development. Preventive outreach to promote wellness in children and families should become a priority for future research. (Contains 70 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association (109th, San Francisco, CA, August 24-28, 2001).