Publication Date: 2008
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Authoritative Communities: The Scientific Case for Nurturing the Whole Child introduces innovative solutions based firmly in the children’s mental health and resilience literature and in the hypothesis that humans are "hardwired to connect." These "authoritative communities" consist of such individuals and institutions as parents, teachers, coaches, elders, and a variety of organizations that are committed to each other’s well-being over the long-term and who instill children with prosocial values such as empathy and compassion. Living within these communities enables children and youth to develop a consistent sense of purpose and meaning, so that they, in turn, are able to grow up to be responsible, productive, and nurturing adults.
Subject: Behavioral Science, Acceptance and Mindfulness, At-Risk Children and Society, Authoritative Communities, Commitment, Nurturing, Parenting, Positive Psychology, Positive Youth Development, Resilience, character, development, organizations