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Synthesis of research and resources to support at-risk youth

Koball, H. – 2011

Summarizes research on at-risk youth, as well as available resources to help them. Discusses risk factors for youth, which include poverty, family instability and dysfunction (such as family member violence and criminal activity), child abuse and neglect, exposure to community violence, poor school and community resources, and minority status. At-risk populations include youth aging out of foster care, runaways and the homeless, teenage parents, and juvenile offenders. Summarizes the risk and resilience theoretical perspective and intervention strategies designed to increase resilience, including those related to the treatment of childhood trauma and the prevention of substance abuse. Also discusses the capital development theoretical perspective and intervention strategies focused on education and career development. Describes several Administration for Children and Families programs that serve at-risk youth.