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Research Brief: Defining Resilience in Maltreated Children

One out of eight children will experience child maltreatment by the age of 18. Children who experience maltreatment are at heightened risk for many negative developmental outcomes, yet some children overcome the odds and continue to grow and succeed—a phenomenon often described as resilience. There remains a lack of consensus and consistency around the definition of resilience, the characteristics and features of resilience, and factors that may promote or inhibit resilience development.

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