Ordinary magic: Resilience processes in development

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The study of resilience in development has overturned many negative assumptions and deficit-focused models about children growing up under the threat of disadvantage and adversity. The most surprising conclusion emerging from studies of these children is the ordinariness of resilience. An examination of converging findings from variable-focused and person-focused investigations of these phenomena suggests that resilience is common and that it usually arises from the normative functions of human adaptational systems, with the greatest threats to human development being those that compromise these protective systems. The conclusion that resilience is made of ordinary rather than extraordinary processes offers a more positive outlook on human development and adaptation, as well as direction for policy and practice aimed at enhancing the development of children at risk for problems and psychopathology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnnual Progress in Child Psychiatry and Child Development 2002
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781136651007
ISBN (Print)9780415949170
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


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