London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Domestic violence and victimisation with reference to the child's resilience

Author(s) Kovalčíková, I.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2012  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell (eds.) Creating Communities: Local, National and Global  
Age group -  
Resilience (positive adaptation) has been defined as the maintenance of healthy⁄successful functioning or adaptation within the context of a significant adversity or threat (Luthar, Cicchetti, & Becker, 2000). Masten and Obradovic (2006) emphasise the importance of both external adaptation to the environment and an internal sense of wellbeing as being part of a comprehensive assessment of resilience. This article explores the relationship between domestic violence and the child’s victimisation and resilience. Young people raised in threatening conditions are most likely to display indications of insufficient resilience and poor resilience, moreover, threatens the development of a healthy civic community. This work draws upon international comparative research that focuses on the factors that may positively influence the resilience of the child, in spite of its victimisation. Selected findings are presented here with the intention of sharing experiences with as wide an audience as possible in order to influence policy and practice where children at risk are concerned. Keywords: domestic violence, child’’s resilience, resilience protective factors, mother as a protective factor

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