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Author Katz, Mark, 1949 September 15-

Title On playing a poor hand well : insights from the lives of those who have overcome childhood risks and adversities / Mark Katz
Edition First edition
Published New York : Norton, [1997]


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 MELB  155.9083 Kat/Opa  AVAILABLE
Description xvii, 187 pages ; 22 cm
Contents 1. Exposure to Inescapable, Enduring, and Potentially Traumatizing Experiences -- 2. The First Day of First Grade: A Positive Experience or Exposure to Inescapable Stress? -- 3. On Playing a Poor Hand Well -- 4. A Review of the Literature -- 5. Finding the Words -- 6. Buffers: Reducing Exposure to Adverse Conditions -- 7. Safety Nets: Preventing Negative Chain Reactions -- 8. Promoting a Sense of Mastery -- 9. Turning Points and Second-Chance Opportunities
Summary The book begins with insights into childhood risks and adversities - enduring and inescapable stressful experiences, such as growing up under violent, dangerous, or abusive conditions, or experiencing years of school failure as a result of serious learning disabilities or attention problems. The author then explores the latest research into life's trajectories and culls the lessons we must learn in order to provide avenues through which turning point experiences and second-chance opportunities can occur - to change the odds, so to speak, for individuals who were dealt a poor hand. On Playing a Poor Hand Well focuses on how people overcome different adversities - not simply on the effects these stresses had on their lives. This book will enable disadvantaged individuals and their families to validate the pain they've endured and to celebrate their resilience
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [173]-179) and index
Subject Adjustment (Psychology)
Child welfare.
Resilience (Personality trait) in children.
Psychic trauma in children.
Stress in children.
Adjustment Disorders -- in infancy & childhood [MESH]
Child Development [MESH]
Stress -- in infancy & childhood [MESH]
Adaptation, Psychological.
Child Welfare.
Stress, Psychological.
LC no. 96038185
ISBN 0393702324