Adversity, maltreatment and resilience in young children
Dubowitz, H., Thompson, T., Proctor, L., Metzger, R., Black, M., English, D., ... Magder, L. (2016). Adversity, maltreatment and resilience in young children. Academic Pediatrics, 16(3), 233-239. DOI: 10.1016/j.acap.2015.12.005
Almost half of the sample appeared resilient during this important developmental period of transition to school. This enables clinicians to be cautiously optimistic in their work with high-risk children and their families. However, more than half the sample was not faring well. Child maltreatment and caregiver depressive symptoms were strongly associated with poor outcomes. These children and families deserve careful attention by pediatric practitioners and referral for prevention and early intervention services.