Individual Differences in Response to Exposure: Risk and Resilience
Why do these children have such different behavior profiles? Most studies, as noted in the previous chapter, have examined differences between groups of children experiencing different levels of exposure to parental conflict and violence. This is not surprising as an initial strategy for understanding exposure effects. However, within these groups that are globally similar with regard to exposure there are notable individual differences between children, even those within the same family. Thus part of
the recent paradigm shift in research in this area has been to examine mechanisms and characteristics of individual children, their families, and their support networks that may relate to or may modify or both the more global exposure effects.