Youth and Adversity: Psychology and Influences of Child and Adolescent Resilience and Coping


Michael T. Garrett (Editor)
Department of Clinical and Professional Studies, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA, USA

Series: Psychology Research Progress
BISAC: PSY006000

This book offers the most current research and reviews, innovative programs and approaches, developments and directions, and future outlooks and trends from an international perspective by experts in the field on a variety of current topics related to youth facing adversity with implications for creating and maintaining child and adolescent resilience in a constantly changing world. In these chapters are themes and information that embody the stories of the lives of youth today.

Topics include the following: parenting, coping, and motivation of Australian at-risk adolescents; religious rejection and resilience among Christian sexual minority youth; the influences from parents, police, and social work on at-risk youth in Hong Kong; resilience among Native American youth; the experience of Australian children who have been diagnosed and treated for pediatric hematology; the effect in adulthood with Serbian youth who grew up in political and economic turmoil; approaches for overcoming adversity among Arab American youth; EcoWellness as a way to connect with at-risk youth using nature as a basis for overcoming adversity; adolescents and gaming; poly-victimization and resilience among Spanish youth; a Liberation psychology approach to working with borderland Mexican children impacted by violence on the U.S.-Mexico border; substance use and resilience among adolescents; use of the Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) as way for enhancing parenting practices to mitigate socioeconomic disadvantages faced by at-risk youth in New Zealand; use of rite of passage programs, specifically, the Louis Armstrong Manhood Development Program (LAMDP), as a way to address the overrepresentation of African American boys in special education; psychosocial factors involved in adolescent self-injury; and nurturing hope and resilience among at-risk middle school youth using a group rap therapy program called Wrapped in Resilience.

All chapters provide a better understanding of various areas in which youth face adversity, and offer implications for ways of helping youth develop resilience and positive coping skills. Building upon the knowledge, awareness, and skills that are explored in this text, helping professionals, researchers, and educators who work with youth begin to better understand and more effectively intervene with the lived experience of youth who face adversity in many different forms today, and who survive these experiences in a way that makes them stronger and more resilient. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Parenting, Coping and Motivation of Australian At-Risk Adolescents (pp. 1-26)
Helen J. Boon (Educational Psychology, School of Education, James Cook University, Australia)

Chapter 2 – When out in Church Means out of Church: Religious Rejection and Resilience As Wellness Factors among Christian Sexual Minority Youth (pp. 27-46)
R. Lewis Bozard, Jr. and Cody J. Sanders (Department of Clinical and Professional Studies, University of West Georgia, US and others)

Chapter 3 – At-Risk Youth‘s Adversity and the Influences from Parents, Police and Social Work (pp. 47-66)
Chau-kiu Cheung (Department of Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong, China)

Chapter 4 – Where Power Moves: Understanding and Fostering Resilience among Native American Youth (pp. 67-100)
Michael T. Garrett, Mark Parrish, Cyrus Williams, Tarrell Awe Agahe Portman and Lisa Grayshield (Department of Clinical and Professional Studies, University of West Georgia, US and others)

Chapter 5 – Dealing with Adversity: A Longitudinal Perspective on the Experience of Diagnosis and Treatment for Paediatric Haematology (pp. 101-116)
Pam McGrath (Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University, Australia)

Chapter 6 – Growing Up in Political and Economic Turmoil: The Effect in Adulthood (pp. 117-132)
Tijana Mirović (Faculty of Music, Counseling Center Mozaik, Belgrade, Serbia)

Chapter 7 – Arab American Youth: Overcoming Adversity (pp. 133-146)
Sylvia C. Nassar-McMillan, Alexander Rezcallah and Mona D. Nour (Easter Seals United Cerebral Palsy, NC, US and others)

Chapter 8 – EcoWellness: Connecting Youth with Nature to Overcome Adversity (pp. 146-174)
Ryan F. Reese (Counselor Education, Oregon State University-Cascades, OR, US)

Chapter 9 – Adolescents: Gaming, Challenges and Resilience (pp. 175-194)
Valerie Schwiebert and Andrea E. M. Dry (Department of Human Services, Western Carolina University, NC, US)

Chapter 10 – Poly-Victimization and Resilience in Adolescence (pp. 195-208)
Laia Soler and Maria Forns (Deptartament de Personalitat, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)

Chapter 11 – Moving through Trauma and Grief in Children Impacted by the Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border: A Liberation Psychology Approach (pp. 209-226)
Ivelisse Torres Fernandez and Edil Torres Rivera (Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, New Mexico State University, NM, US and others)

Chapter 12 – Substance Use and Resiliency among Adolescents (pp. 227-250)
Matthew D. Varga (Department of Clinical and Professional Studies, University of West Georgia, GA, US)

Chapter 13 – Enhancing Parental Practices to Mitigate Socioeconomic Disadvantages Faced by Children (pp. 251-262)
Grace Y. Wang and Boaz Shulruf (Department of Psychology, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand and others)

Chapter 14 – Using a Rite of Passage Program to Address the Overrepresentation of African American Boys in Special Education (pp. 263-276
Cirecie A. West-Olatunji, Kimberly N. Frazier, John C. Baker and Michael T. Garrett (Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, TX, US and others)

Chapter 15 – Psychosocial Factors in Adolescent Self-Injury (pp. 277-306)
Julia L. Whisenhunt, Julia S. Chibbaro and Caroline Perjessy (Department of Clinical and Professional Studies, University of West Georgia, GA, US)

Chapter 16 – Nurturing Hope and Resilience: Connecting with At-Risk Middle School Students Using Rap Therapy (pp. 307-330)
Cyrus Williams, Laura Reid Marks and Benita Bannis (Department of Educational Studies, Purdue University, IN, US and others)


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