Resilience can be strengthened at any stage in life.
Resilience makes us stronger
Resilience is a person’s ability to adapt to or bounce back from difficult times.1
Childhood is the best time to build the basis of resilience, but it can be strengthened at any stage of life.2
Resilience isn’t something we develop alone. The connections we feel to family, friends, community and culture are Protective Factors that work together to strengthen resilience
Resilience can buffer the effects of Risk Factors like abuse, neglect, isolation and violence.
1.Masten, A.S., Gewirtz, A.H., & Sapienza, J.K. (2013). Resilience in development: the importance of early childhood. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
2.Alberta Family Wellness (2018). Resilience: Why do some of us bounce back from adversity better than others do? Retrieved March 15, 2018.
3.Benzies, K. & Mychasiuk, R. (2009). Fostering family resiliency: a review of the key protective factors. Child & Family Social Work, 14, 103-114. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
4.Child Welfare Information Gateway (2015). Promoting Protective Factors for In-Risk Families and Youth: A Guide for Practitioners. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
5.Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University (2009). Young Children Develop in an Environment of Relationships: Working Paper No.1. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
6National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Violence Prevention. (2019). Risk and Protective Factors. Retrieved March 15, 2018.