Addressing Disadvantage and Adversity

Experiences of economic disadvantage and adversity during childhood can have pervasive and long-term detrimental effects on children’s well-being. Researchers at CCFW are studying the risk and protective factors that impact children’s well-being to inform practice and policy aimed at reducing the impact of disadvantage and adversity on children and interrupting their intergenerational transmission. We use a bioecological model to study the neurobiological, social-emotional, health and mental health outcomes of experiences of disadvantage and adversity, and examine parenting, family, neighborhood and contextual influences that account for the effects of adversity, and conversely, that can serve as protective factors that promote resilience in children.

Cathryn Booth-LaForce

Shannon Dorsey

Lynn Fainsilber Katz

Suzanne Kerns

Liliana Lengua

Kate McLaughlin

Paula Nurius