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Medical News and Perspectives
April 19, 2006

Researchers Seek Roots of Resilience in Children

JAMA. 2006;295(15):1756-1760. doi:10.1001/jama.295.15.1756

Alexandria, Va—Since the sequencing of the human genome, a growing number of clinical research studies have focused on understanding differences among individuals and tailoring treatments to patients with various conditions. One area of interest centers on why some people fare well despite adverse situations, such as maltreatment or chronic illness, while others do not. At the Resilience in Children conference hosted here in February by the New York Academy of Sciences, investigators examined the behavioral-psychosocial and neurobiological aspects of resilience with hopes that understanding these processes may offer clues for prevention and intervention.

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