Conference Attendees and Journal Readers Learn Ways Children Overcome Adversities

Conference for researchers and child development leaders on overcoming childhood adversity

The Society for Life History Research in Psychopathology convened a conference to examine factors that promote resilience in children who have been abused, neglected or experienced other adversity, and go on to lead full and productive lives.

The conference, titled "Overcoming Childhood Adversities," was held in New York, September 26 to 28, 2002.

Key Results

  • More than 80 people attended the meeting. It featured a total of 22 formal presentations, which conference planners organized into six conceptually focused sessions:

    • Overcoming family adversity.
    • Overcoming poverty in childhood.
    • Predicting resilience in maltreated children.
    • Risk and protective factors for depression.
    • Resistance from aggressive and antisocial behavior.
    • Developmental life span trajectories of aggression for boys and girls.
  • Selected papers from the conference were published in a special section of the March 2007 issue of the journal Child Abuse and Neglect [31(3): 201-290]. The papers were:

    • "Resilience To Adult Psychopathology Following Childhood Maltreatment: Evidence From A Community Sample," Stephan Collishaw, Andrew Pickles, Julie Messer, Michael Rutter, Christina Shearer and Barbara Maughan.
    • "Individual, Family and Neighborhood Factors Distinguish Resilient From Non-Resilient Maltreated Children: A Cumulative Stressors Model," Sara R. Jaffee, Avshalom Caspi, Terrie E. Moffitt, Monica Polo-Tomás and Alan Taylor.
    • "Predictors of Resilience in Abused And Neglected Children Grown-Up: The Role of Individual and Neighborhood Characteristics," Kimberly A. DuMont, Cathy Spatz Widom and Sally J. Czaja.
    • "Women's Voices on Recovery: A Multi-Method Study of the Complexity of Recovery From Child Sexual Abuse," Victoria L. Banyard and Linda M. Williams.

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