Resilience & Protective Factors

  • Resilience & Protective Factors


    Resilience is the process of adapting and coping well in the face of adversity and trauma.  Protective factors prevent or reduce negative outcomes that are due to adverse experiences.  Reducing the effects of trauma and adverse childhood experiences is essential for children and teen healthy development.


    The single most common factor for children who develop resilience is at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive parent, caregiver, or other adult (Harvard Universiy, 2020).  Other factors of resilience are: opportunities to strengthen social emotional learning, sense of self-efficacy and perceived control, and sources of faith, hope and cultural traditions (Harvard University, 2020).  Resilience can be strengthened at any age.


    For more information please visit Harvard University's Developing Child, please click here Resilience.