Caring Relationships as a Protective Factor for At-Risk Youth: An Ethnographic Study

  title={Caring Relationships as a Protective Factor for At-Risk Youth: An Ethnographic Study},
  author={Erik K. Laursen and Scott M. Birmingham},
  journal={Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services},
  pages={240 - 246}
The resiliency literature documents that adult caring relationships are key to the development of resilience in children. The present ethnographic study of 23 youths' perceptions of caring adults explored the meanings they ascribe to caring relationships in helping them face adversity. The study confirmed that caring adults can serve as a protective factor for at-risk youth. In addition, the study delineated seven characteristics of those caring relationships: trust, attention, empathy… 

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