Child maltreatment is a major public health issue, with more than 700,000 US children maltreated every year. Childhood physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect have all been associated with a variety of negative health outcomes in adulthood. However, some children are resilient and navigate the path to adulthood without negative outcomes. Case Western Reserve University Assistant
Professor Megan Holmes, PhD, and colleagues, Adam Perzynski, PhD, Susan Yoon, MSW, and Julia Kobulsky, MA, asked the question, “what makes maltreated children resilient?” in their recent research following maltreated children through various stages of childhood.
On April 14, 2016, the Schubert Center hosted Dr. Holmes and her colleagues for a talk titled “Resilience in Adversity: Promoting Positive Outcomes for Maltreated Children” exploring the findings of their research. Focusing on individual, relationship and neighborhood-level factors, they examined how maltreated children fare several years after maltreatment in terms of academic performance, internalizing symptoms and early substance use. Their findings are outlined in the Schubert Center brief “Examining Resilience in Maltreated Children”. In their talk, they highlighted the importance of funding policies that provide support to caregivers and assist children in developing positive social skills.