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Building children’s resilience

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Author: Schwartz, C.
Author: Waddell, C.
Author: Harrison, E.
Author: Garland, O.
Author: Dixon, J.
Background: Parenting has a profound impact on children’s well-being. Positive parent-child relationships can promote children’s brain development, academic functioning, social competence, mental health and self-esteem. Responsive caregiving also buffers children from the negative impacts of adversity and stress. Given this, we set out to identify interventions that can promote positive parenting. Methods: We used systematic review methods to identify randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluations of parenting interventions for high-risk families. Applying our inclusion criteria, we accepted four RCTs.Results: All four programs produced some beneficial outcomes. Familias Unidas reduced child behaviour problems and increased parent involvement. Family Check-Up similarly increased maternal involvement. Nurse Home Visitation improved children’s language development and executive functioning among particularly high-risk families. SAFEChildren improved parental involvement in children’s education as well as children’s reading skills. Conclusions: Programs that encourage warm and consistent parenting can improve the lives of children and families, especially among those facing significant adversities.
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Schwartz C, Waddell C, Harrison E, Garland O, Nightingale L, Dixon J & Gray-Grant, D. (2008). Building children’s resilience [winter issue]. Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly, 2:1. Vancouver, BC: Children’s Health Policy Centre, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University.
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Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly
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Building children’s resilience
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