Date posted: May 8, 2015
Why do some children do well despite significant adversity while others do not?
Resilience is a combination of protective factors that enable people to adapt in the face of serious hardship, and is essential to ensuring that children who experience adversity can still become healthy, productive citizens. The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has recently released a series of videos and a two-page brief on resilience, “the ability to overcome significant adversity”.
The three short videos provide an overview of why resilience matters, how it develops, and ways to strengthen it in children.
InBrief: The Science of Resilience paper summarizes recent research findings on resilience and explains why understanding it can help design policies and programs that benefit children. It is available for download here.
The full paper, Supportive Relationships and Active Skill-Building Strengthen the Foundations of Resilience can be downloaded here.