General Instability

Stability in children’s environments, relationships, and basic needs is critical for their healthy development and well-being. Instability—defined as the experience of abrupt and/or involuntary change in individual, family, or community circumstances—can create significant barriers to meeting these foundational needs, particularly if the disruption is negative, frequent, or not buffered by an adult. Below are selected materials that explore instability overall and children’s healthy development.