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Identify the risk and resilience factors in each article. Are the risk factors individual, family, and/or community? Are the resilience factors individual, family, and/or community? What are the adverse outcomes discussed? In addition, provide a brief summary of your reaction to the findings.

Your response should be approximately 250-400 words (one to one and a half doublespaced word processed pages). It should be a polished piece of writing and will be assessed using the same criteria as any piece of writing. It should include an introduction, a body that presents your thoughts clearly and logically, and a conclusion. You may write in the first person, but be sure to refer to some of the ideas that were introduced in the module.

Articles:
Psychology of Human Resilience Children of the Garden Island by Emmy E. Werner
Children's Resilience in the Face of Trauma

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How do children react and respond in the face of adversity? Resilience can mean many things, but most frequently the term is used to describe a child’s ability to ‘bounce back’ in the face of some traumatic or difficult experience. This experience may be biological (e.g. difficulties faced at the time of birth) or environmental (e.g. events that shape the child’s social surroundings).

Werner’s (1989) longitudinal study of 698 infants on the Hawaiian island of Kauai conducted from the year 1954 onwards from the time of their birth and onwards across three decades. This study is unique as, rather than focussing the study on children who displayed symptoms of problematic development, it focussed its attention on those who were exposed to conditions in infancy that would usually be considered risk factors leading up to psychological problems in adulthood, but turned into healthy and competent adults....
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