Future Directions in Research and Intervention with Youths in Poverty

Martha E. Wadsworth, Jarl A. Ahlkvist, Ashley McDonald, Emile M. Tilghman-Osborne

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This article aims to integrate theory and empirical findings about understanding and fostering the process of resilience and adaptation in children and families who live in poverty. In this article, we draw from multiple, somewhat distinct, scholarly streams to identify sources of protection, integrating across the literatures on stress and coping, psychophysiology, cultural identity development, and empowerment theory. Because living in poverty cuts across other dimensions of social differentiation and structural inequality, intersectionality theory frames our discussion of how to leverage poverty-affected youths’ diverse experiences. We present a framework to guide intervention and research on resiliency promotion, describe the Building a Strong Identity and Coping Skills intervention stemming from the framework, and suggest possible avenues and next steps for both interventions and research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1023-1038
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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