"If I'da thrown that chair at you, it woulda hit you": Seeing difficult behaviours through the lens of meaning and resilience

Brockett, Stephanie; Anderson-Nathe, Ben
July 2013
Relational Child & Youth Care Practice;Summer2013, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p6
Academic Journal
The children and youth with whom we work behave in particular ways based on past experience, and current behaviours serve a purpose. Many behaviours labelled as negative or problematic by practitioners have actually been effective for young people in the past; they are often strategic and adaptive responses. This paper explores the intersections of meaning, resilience, and daily life events in the context of group homes in the USA. We use practice vignettes to examine the impact of context on how behaviours become interpreted as either resilient or problematic and articulate possibilities for improved practice by reframing such behaviours in the milieu.


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