What is Resilience?
The ability to adapt or overcome significant hardships such as trauma, tragedy, threats and significant stress.
Resilience is not something you either "have" or "don't have." Resilience is something that can be learned and developed.
According to the Center for the Developing Child, Harvard University, we should try to understand why some children do well despite adverse childhood experience while others do not. By understanding "why" it can inform more effective policies and programs that help more children reach their full potential. They go on to list factors that have been known to develop resiliency in children.
The single most important factor for children who develop resilience is at least 1 stable relationship with a supportive adult. This can be a parent, family member, caregiver or teacher. This one person can help the child "buffer" significant stress and help teach the child how to regulate their behavior and adapt to adversity.
For more information on the research that has been done as well as other factors related to developing resilience, please visit Center for the Developing Child, Harvard University.