Mending the Tears of Violence, with Dr. Sherry Hamby

Season 2Episode 4February 14, 2020

Adversity and even violence are common in children’s lives. So how do we help kids thrive?

Adversity and violence are common in kid’s lives. The cumulative burden creates a lifelong vulnerability to physical and psychological issues. So how do we help kids thrive? What strengths are most important in overcoming adversity? Sherry Hamby, research professor of psychology at the University of the South, discusses trauma’s cumulative impact and how teachers, parents, and child advocates can help kids.

Topics in this episode:

  • Adversity and violence in children’s lives (1:39)
  • Poly-victimization and the dose response (6:58)
  • Resilience (12:06)
  • Poly-strengths (16:11)
  • Symptom relief is not well-being (20:16)
  • The most important strengths (22:46)
  • Teacher engagement; how to help kids (35:09)
  • How to help kids (39:34))
  • Our next episode (47:13)


Sherry Hamby, Ph.D.,  Life Paths Research Center director and ResilienceCon founder

ACE study

David FinkelhorHeather A. Turner

National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence

Polyvictimization: Children’s Exposure to Multiple Types of Violence, Crime, and Abuse

Juvenile Victimization Questionnaire

Ann S. MastenOrdinary Magic: Resilience in Development

Sense of Purpose—The Most Important Strength?

From Poly-Victimization to Poly-Strengths: Understanding the Web of Violence Can Transform Research on Youth Violence and Illuminate the Path to Prevention and Resilience

Poly-victimization, Trauma, and Resilience: Exploring Strengths That Promote Thriving After Adversity” (article in press at interview time)

Health-related quality of life among adolescents as a function of victimization, other adversities, and strengths


Developmental Stage of Onset, Poly-Victimization, and Persistence of Childhood Victimization: Impact on Adult Well-Being in a Rural Community–Based Study


James Pennebaker

Transcript to come.