Resilient Children in Distressed Neighborhoods

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Resilient Children in Distressed Neighborhoods

Evidence from the HOPE VI Panel Study

The HOPE VI program can profoundly affect the lives of children, who are the most vulnerable residents of distressed public housing and particularly likely to suffer from the stress of relocation. However, some children in the HOPE VI Panel Study are doing surprisingly well, apparently succeeding in school and thriving despite the challenges they face. In this brief, we explore the factors that help make these children better able to cope successfully with the obstacles in their environment. We find that children of better-educated parents, children whose parents are highly engaged in their schooling, and socially competent children are more likely to be resilient, while children with depressed parents are less likely to be resilient.

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