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From the Zone of Risk to the Zone of Resilience

Show simple item record Hurley, D., Alvarez, L., & Buckley, H. 2016-07-28T19:40:31Z 2016-07-28T19:40:31Z 2015
dc.identifier.citation Hurley, D., Alvarez, L., & Buckley, H. (2015). From the Zone of Risk to the Zone of Resilience. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 6(1), 17-51. en_US
dc.description.abstract This three-site investigation conducted in Argentina, Canada, and Ireland, examines the concept of resilience within specific socio-cultural contexts of child protection practice. The study seeks to understand how child protection workers (CPWs) construct and utilize the concept of resilience and how they enable resilient capacities in children and families. CPWs were encouraged to share client narratives of resilience and to reflect on how these narratives impact them in working with clients. The paper explores how working with resilient clients helps foster resilience to compassion fatigue and secondary traumatic stress in CPWs through a process of shared or vicarious resilience. Lastly, the study questions the role of child protection agencies in protecting the resilience of the worker. Resilience in this context may be defined as the capacity to sustain professional competence and commitment under conditions of adversity. A key finding in the study is the critical role of resilient teams in sustaining the resilience of the CPW. The rationale for this study is based on the assumption that CPWs have to develop the capacity for resilience and be able to sustain their own resilience in order to be effective in their work. Knowing how child protection workers can remain resilient and committed to children is of great interest to social workers and other professionals involved in this work. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies en_US
dc.subject Canada en_US
dc.subject Argentina en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject vicarious trauma en_US
dc.subject secondary traumatic stress en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.subject International Resources en_US
dc.title From the Zone of Risk to the Zone of Resilience en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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