Guide to promoting resilience in children: strengthening the human spirit

Practice and Reflection Series No 8

The Foundation's summary of the publication

Why do some children do well under adversity and others do not?
Do these children have an inner strength that sees them through
life? And can we learn what that strength is in order to help other
children, and use it as an underpinning for programmes working
with young children and families? This book looks at the concept
of 'resilience*, a universal capacity that allows a person, group or
community to prevent, minimise or overcome the damaging
effects of adversity. Resilience is a universal understanding in
that people draw on resilience factors or features as they
respond to adversity. Fourteen countries participated in an
International Resilience Project, the results of which show that
fewer than half of the adults caring for children promote resilience
in them. This guide, based on the findings, aims to guide those
who want to incorporate the promotion of resilience into their
work with children. Participants in the International Resilience
Project are incorporating it into their work with children and
families; and several international organisations have established
policy on incorporating resilience concepts into programmes that
they support.
Owner: Edith Grotberg



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