(2019) How to Implement Trauma-informed Care to Build Resilience to Childhood Trauma

This brief summarizes current research and promising practices for implementing TIC to support the well-being of children exposed to trauma and help them reach their full potential. The brief begins with an overview of the nature, prevalence, and impact of childhood trauma, followed by a discussion of related risk factors associated with poor child outcomes and protective factors that support…

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(2019) What Factors are Associated with Resilient Outcomes in Children Exposed to Social Adversity? A Systematic Review

Children exposed to social adversity—hardship as a result of social circumstances such as poverty or intergenerational trauma—are at increased risk of poor outcomes across the life course. Understanding what promotes resilient outcomes is essential for the development of evidence informed intervention strategies. We conducted a systematic review to identify how child resilience is measured and what factors are associated with…

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(2019) Fostering Resilience in Children: The Essential Role of Healthcare Professionals and Families

This research review finds that when children are resilient, they are confident, curious, able to adapt to new situations, and better skilled to extend their reach into the world. The goal for healthcare professionals, as well trained gatekeepers of children’s and adolescent’s health, should be to promote their balance and resilience with the collaboration of their families, which in turn…

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(2013) Practitioner Review: Children in Foster Care – Vulnerabilities and Evidence-based Interventions that Promote Resilience Processes

In this review, we describe some of the common vulnerabilities seen among foster children, including emotional and behavioral deficits, brain and neurobiological impairment, and poor social relationships with parents and peers. Next, we review eight evidence-based interventions shown to promote resilience among foster children, obtained via a systematic search of the PsycINFO database. Finally, we provide a discussion of implementation…

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(2020) The Experiences of Foster Youth during COVID-19

Research Brief: This study examined the experiences of 18-23 year old youth in foster care and aged out of foster care during the COVID19 crisis in April 2020 (n=281) living in 32 states +Washington, DC). Youth aging out of foster care are a vulnerable population, and with the COVID19 crisis sweeping across the nation, these young people are among those…

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