chapter  19
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Accentuating the positive: resilience and desistance approaches to children’s needs and behaviour

ByMalcolm Hill

In this context resilience refers to the factors and processes that enable individuals, families or communities to overcome serious adversity or high risk. It has a more

specific sense than general robustness in the face of everyday challenges. Desistance refers to those influences that enable an individual or family to give up a socially disapproved behaviour, such as offending, drug misuse and self-harm. Both concepts are concerned with successful outcomes despite difficulties. They are applied mainly to individuals who are vulnerable, challenging or both, which means they have mainly been used in specialist contexts, but they also have relevance for children using general and universal services.