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Promoting protective factors for in-risk families and youth: A brief for researchers

Development Services Group, Inc.

Describes the importance of protective factors for in-risk populations of children and youth. Defines protective factors and explains their positive influence on long-term outcomes. Lists at-risk and in-risk groups, including children exposed to violence and victims of child abuse and neglect. Outlines protective factors for each type of vulnerable group, including level of evidence of effectiveness for each protective factor. Lists the protective factors with strongest evidence for in-risk groups, broken into individual, relationship, and community levels. Explains how to apply knowledge of protective factors when working with high-risk populations. Describes how parents and other adults can contribute to children’s well-being. Also discusses how communities can do the same. Advocates for further research on protective factors.