No one is immune to life’s challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has made that clear to any doubters and raised the issue of “resilience” into the top tiers of popular news topics. Resilience is the capacity to maintain competent functioning in the face of major life stressors. Since social problems are not going away, how do we create a culture in which children can do well in spite of adverse life experiences? Resilience is not a personality trait that someone is born with, but rather a capacity that develops over time. Think of resilience as a balance with negative life experiences on one end and endurance (or survival) factors on the other. The more factors a child has, the more resilient they will be, the better to cope with difficulties that will inevitably come their way. Resilience happens at the individual, interpersonal, and community levels. (Article introduction)
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