2000 Jordan Institute
Vol. 3, No. 1
Points: Increasing Resiliency in Families and Children
some tips for increasing resiliency in families and children:
- Promote a stable, supportive, continuous
relationship with at least one responsible adult in the child's life
(this significantly enhances resilence).
- Accept families as they are--be aware of
and respect their cultural heritage, home life, and past experiences.
- Give support and encouragement, whether
or not the child has a "difficult" or "easy" temperament--we
all need support and encouragement; telling families they are doing
something right can build trust.
- Understand their reality--know what experiences
they are having and their developmental level.
- Support development of resilient traits
based on their strengths--use what they already have to strengthen weaker
- Invite them to reach out to peers, adults
and groups to widen positive social support--help them make friends,
find groups, or learn where to look for help.
- Model constructive thinking and problem
solving--use opportunities to work through problems with them by asking
- Seek their strengths--look for and verbally
reinforce all they are good at doing.
- Assist them in self awareness and reflection--ask
them what they think; try to understand what they are saying.
- Encourage humor and other natural coping
B. P. (1997). Resilience--a survival tool for the nineties. AORN Journal,
1998 Jordan Institute for Families