Maximising Children’s Resilience

Maximising Children’s Resilience.

Exposure to domestic violence can have lasting effects on children and teens. Not all young people are affected in the same way, and in fact many children are resilient, able to heal and go on to thrive. Various risk and protective factors among the child, family, and community can impact the ways in which children and teens process and understand the exposure to violence. Resilience has been defined as the maintenance of healthy ⁄ successful functioning or adaptation within the context of a significant adversity or threat. Protective Factors are the foundation of the Strengthening Families Approach: parental resilience, social connections, concrete support in times of need, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social and emotional competence of children. According to the Center for the Study of Social Policy, research shows that these protec­tive factors are also “promotive” factors that build family strengths and a family environment that promotes optimal child and youth development. Other Protective Factors within the family and community that help promote resiliency among children and teens are:

  • Strong cultural identity
  • Access to health care
  • Stable housing
  • Economic stability–ability to earn a liveable wage
  • Social support–connections to family and friends
  • Affiliation with a supportive religious or faith community

Credit: Promising Futures.

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