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2000 Jordan Institute
for Families

Vol. 3, No. 1
April 1998

Protective Traits

Working together, social workers and families can identify resilient traits and build them into intervention plans. Some traits to look for include:

  • Communication--family members discuss things openly.

  • Bonding and mutual respect--an emotional connection among two or more family members.

  • Adaptability--family members can respond to changing circumstances.

  • Resourcefulness--when families are in a bind/crisis, they can think of and achieve alternative plans.

  • Commitment--to each other and to family goals.

  • A present caring adult--a family member, friend, mentor on which the child/family can rely.

  • Problem-solving skills--the family is able to process problems and come up with solutions.


Pike, L. (1996). Family resiliency (on-line). Available: <http://www.exnet.iasta...ons/Resiliency/q.a.html>. (Web address no longer functional.)

1998 Jordan Institute for Families