Reslience and bereaved children: developing complex approaches

Ribbens McCarthy, Jane (2006). Reslience and bereaved children: developing complex approaches. Grief Matters, 9(3) pp. 58–61.



We sometimes hear it said that 'children are resilient', but is this a helpful statement in relation to bereaved young people? The notion of resilience can be controversial, and presumes that the death of someone close is indeed a potential sources of significant adversity in the lives of bereaved children. The conceptual issues and empirical evidence are complex, requiring us to develop sophisticated understandings that attend to a constellation of socially structured inequalities as well as individual and social characteristics, understood in relation to contexts and processes over time.

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