Resiliency Despite Poverty Research Paper by Nicky

An examination of the nature and origin of the resilience of children living in poverty.
# 149975 | 2,613 words | 8 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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The paper explores how children can excel and be resilient in terms of cognitive development and academics despite their negative socioeconomic status. The paper provides a literature review that demonstrates the physiological, psychological and environmental processes involved in this resilience. The paper calls for more research on the factors associated with healthy cognitive development and academic achievement among children.

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"The precise origin of resilience is yet to be completely understood however, it has been noted in this present study that competence of the individual and resilience of the individual are inextricably linked. Resilience is understood to be a factor that can be developed and nourished in the child in order to positively impact the child's development and thereby support the academic outcomes of the child. Children with more highly developed cognition are those generally that come from a home environment that is a low-risk environment and that is characterized by family love and support. The school and community environment also plays a role in the development of a child's cognition and their outcomes academically however the family's role is stated to comprise 50% of that which is known to support healthy development among children. Initiatives to build resiliency in children are needed and key in assisting children in their development of cognition and increasing the likelihood of positive academic outcomes. While there are both physiological and psychological processes involved that either support or impede the healthy development of cognition among children there are also environmental impacts that must be given due consideration."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ayoub, Catherine, et al (2009) Cognitive Skill Performance Among Young Children Living in Poverty: Risk, Change, and the Promotive Effects of Early Head Start. Early Childhood Research Quarterly. 1 Apr 2001.
  • B. J. Casey, Jay N. Giedd, and Kathleen M. Thomas, "Structural and Functional Brain Development and Its Relation to Cognitive Development," Biological Psychiatry 54, nos. 1-3 (2000).
  • Brooks-Gunn, J., & Duncan, G. J. (1997). The effects of poverty on children. The Future of Children: Children and Poverty, 7(2), 55-71.
  • Kitano, M.K. (2003) Gifted Potential and Poverty: A Call for Extraordinary Action. Journal for the Education of the Gifted. Vol. 26, No. 4, 2003, pp. 292-303. Online available at:
  • Noble, K., Tottenham, N. and Casey, B.J. (2005) Neuroscience Perspectives on Disparities in School Readiness and Cognitive Achievement. Future of Children 15.1(2005) 71-89.The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and The Brookings Institution. Online available at:

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