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Fostering Resilience and Well-Being in Children and Families in PovertyWhy Hope Still Matters$
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Valerie Maholmes

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199959525

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959525.001.0001

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Hope, Optimism, and Resilience

Hope, Optimism, and Resilience

Cultural Frames of Reference

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Fostering Resilience and Well-Being in Children and Families in Poverty

Valerie Maholmes

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on cultural factors and their important role in shaping individuals’ perceptions of and ability to manage adversity. It examines strengths of cultural heritage and values, and the ways in which they may act as buffers against the stresses of acculturative processes. Thus, highlighted are research studies that shed light on the strengths and assets upon which individuals draw to manage the day-to-day complexities of their lives. These include spirituality and religion, cultural and racial socialization, cultural perspective taking on coping and resilience, and cultural traditions and practices. Excerpts from interviews with family members and program professionals are provided alongside the reviews of research to further illuminate the ways in which members of cultural groups reinterpret adverse situations and use coping strategies to overcome adversity.

Keywords:   culture, spirituality, religion, racial/cultural identity, socialization, parenting, coping strategies, familism, cultural practices

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