Online Program

“if things aren't right for you, it's okay for you to walk away”: Exploring strategies for supporting resilience in early childhood

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 10:30 a.m. - 10:48 a.m.

Ann R. Taket, BA(honours), MSc, Centre for Health through Action on Social Exclusion (CHASE), Deakin University, Burwood, Australia
Karen Stagnitti, School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, Geelong VIC 3220, Australia
Andrea Nolan, School of Education, Victoria University, Australia
“Supporting Resilience” is a research project taking place in the state of Victoria, Australia. The study is a collaboration between university researchers and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, VicHealth (the state health promotion agency) and Community Connections (a statewide service provider NGO) and has been funded by the Australian Research Council. The study has followed three cohorts of resilient children and young people from disadvantaged areas through different transitions in their educational careers. This paper focuses on the early childhood cohort, where we are following children from kindergarten/pre-school into primary school. Using data gathered across the three years of the study, from interviews with parents and teachers and observation in preschools and primary schools, the paper explores the different strategies used by familes and schools to support children's resilience. We find that even those families who are experiencing complex and multiple challenges and disadvantages articulated strategies that they deliberately enacted in order to support their children's development, and that the concept of 'resilience' was one that they used and found useful. The paper focuses particularly on comparing strategies used in preschools with those used by families and examines the implications of this comparison for practice in the pre-school and primary school settings. We also explore contrasts between metropolitan and rural settings.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the range of strategies that families in disadvantaged areas use to support their child's development. Describe the range of strategies used in preschools to support resilience. Identify the different challenges posed by metropolitan and rural environments to families and schools in supporting children's resilience.

Keyword(s): Child Health Promotion, School Health Educators

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a chief investigator on study on which this presentation is based, and have been the chief investigator on multiple research council and government funded grants in the area of health promotion for families and children in a variety of settings.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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