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3 p.

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Oxford University Press

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Journal of Pediatric Psychology

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doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsu115


As described in the call for this special issue, resilience is often defined as “achieving one or more positive outcomes despite exposure to significant risk or adversity” (Hilliard, Harris, & Weissberg-Benchell, 2012, p. 739). Resilience is particularly relevant to pediatric psychology, as youth and their families are tasked with overcoming risk factors simply by the nature of a child’s diagnosis of a disease/chronic illness and subsequent medical management demands. In addition to identifying key resilience factors within this population, it is critical to develop empirically supported clinical interventions to promote healthy biological, psychological, and social development; reduce youth psychopathology; and enhance optimal health outcomes. Although conceptually similar to the classic resilience/risk models, the positive development approach offers a distinct theoretical framework that can be used successfully in intervention development. This article describes exemplars of both resilience and positive development interventions for youth with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) and their families.


Accepted version. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Vol. 40, No. 9 (2015): 978-980. DOI. © 2015 The Author. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society of Pediatric Psychology. Used with permission.

This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Pediatric Psychology following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version"Topical Review: Applying Positive Development Principles to Group Interventions for the Promotion of Family Resilience in Pediatric Psychology," Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Vol. 40, No. 9 (2015): 978-980 is available online at: DOI.

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