Black Children and Youth Can Benefit From Focused Research on Protective Community Resources4 weeks ago 4 weeks ago
The role of protective community resources (PCRs) — defined as community-level characteristics, conditions, or assets that buffer the effects of risks on children and youth, thereby supporting their development — has received significant and sustained attention in a variety of fields, from education and psychology to public health and social work. The result is a broad body of research that describes how the absence or presence of PCRs — including social (e.g., neighborhood cohesion and positive peer relationships), structural (e.g., neighborhood amenities and employment opportunities), and institutional (e.g., high quality schools and health services) PCRs — can either place children and youth at risk for negative developmental outcomes or promote their flourishing and resilience. As such, the research on PCRs can provide policymakers and practitioners with an in-depth understanding of how they can harness or transform these resources to achieve local and national goals for children’s healthy development.
Sanders, M., Martinez, D.N., Rochester, S.E., & Winston, J. (2023). Black children and youth can benefit from focused research on protective community resources. Child Trends. https://doi.org/10.56417/9297o3835j
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