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ERIC Number: EJ783338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Sustaining Resilient Families for Children in Primary Grades
Patterson, Janice; Kirkland, Lynn
Childhood Education, v84 n1 p2 Fall 2007
The adversities that today's families face are well-documented and staggering. Even in the midst of tough times, however, many families are able to display resilience. Family resilience refers to the coping mechanisms the family uses as a functional unit to recover from life's setbacks. In this article, the authors present guidelines for creating and sustaining resilient families for primary-grade children and offer strategies for developing effective communication and building an attitude of family hardiness or resilience. They consider what is known about family resilience, examine the role of protective factors and recovery processes, and suggest specific strategies that families and teachers can use to support resilience. The authors suggest promoting the value of family time, authoritative parenting, routine, and the importance of social support. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A