A 2019 study published in Health Affairs looked at the relationship between family resilience & connection and child flourishing. Researchers also looked at the effects of childhood adversity, such as income, health issues or childhood trauma, on this relationship.
The study found that 40.3% of the children studied, ages six to seventeen, could be classified as "flourishing." However, across the age-groups, girls were more likely to flourish than boys. Childhood adversity always negatively impacted child flourishing, but family connection and resilience mitigated this effect. Children with the highest score for family resilience and connection were the most likely to be classified as flourishing, regardless of exposure to adverse childhood experiences and levels of household income.
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