More than education, more than experience, more than training, a person?s level of resilience will determine who succeeds and who fails. That?s true in the cancer ward, it?s true in the Olympics, and it?s true in the boardroom.
Dean Becker, Harvard Business Review, May 2002
Introduction to resilience
Why is it that some people bounce back after being hit by life?s problems, while others find it hard to pick themselves up off the floor?
A short history of resilience
When we talk about resilience, most of us use the word fairly loosely. Often it?s intended to mean the same as words like hardy, tough, irrepressible, stamina, ?stick-ability? etc.
The main ingredients of resilience
Dr Karen Reivich is co-author of The Optimistic Child, with Professor Martin Seligman, and co-author of the Resilience Factor.
Resilience in young people
Research has shown that overcoming adversity is something that all children will do, to a greater or lesser extent. Those who are most resilient share similar characteristics and provide insight into how resilience can be cultivated in our young people.
Protective factors within the community
Society has a responsibility to provide opportunities for young people to become involved in their communities, to feel valued, to be engaged and to be cared and supported.
When is the most important time to foster resilience?
Interventions that foster resilience are useful at any time in an individuals life, but are most advantageous in the first five years when high quality care-giving and early education can have a major impact.
Building resilience in young people
Edith H Grotberg has created a method for spotting depression in young people. From her research she has developed a model for building childhood resilience.
Resilience and vulnerable children
Our natural outrage about child abuse drives us to develop ways of protecting children against abuse and neglect.
The ?resilience factor?
Studies reveal that building resilience reduces crime. Persistent offenders in the falkirk area of Scotland are benefitting from resillience training.
Resilience at work
Why is it that some people thrive in the face of challenge and adversity at work, while others panic and withdraw into themselves? And why is it these same people who appear to get ahead while others tread water, or slowly drown in turbulent waters of life?