VULNERABILITY AND COMPETENCE: A Review of Research on Resilience in Childhood

Suniya S. Luthar, Edward Zigler

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The developmental psychopathology literature addressing issues of children's resilience and vulnerability in dealing with life stresses is reviewed. The contribution and methodological limitations of research on stress and competence are examined, theoretical concepts of resilience are discussed, and findings with respect to protective mechanisms, as well as data from longitudinal studies, are presented. Directions for further research are outlined. 1991 American Orthopsychiatric Association

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-22
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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