Risky or resilient? Mental health for children, young people and families

Jane Callaghan

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Abstract

This paper explores the notions of risk and resilience in relation to young people often regarded as 'vulnerable'. The paper explores how young people become positioned as 'vulnerable' to mental health difficulty, and what the implications of this designation as 'risky' might be. The paper considers critically the notion of resilience as a set of individual character traits and attempts to consider how this might be constituted in social interactions. The paper concludes that it is crucially important, when thinking about fostering positive mental health in young people, to consider how we might help them understand the social underpinnings of distress. It is only when this is understood that children and young people can be supported to be 'resilient'
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2013
EventSocial Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Association (SEBDA) 60th Annual Conference - Marriott Hotel, Leeds
Duration: 22 Mar 2013 → …

Conference

ConferenceSocial Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Association (SEBDA) 60th Annual Conference
Period22/03/13 → …

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Keywords

  • Resilience
  • children
  • mental health
  • oppression
  • wellbeing

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Callaghan, J. (2013). Risky or resilient? Mental health for children, young people and families. Paper presented at Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Association (SEBDA) 60th Annual Conference, .