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2000 Jordan Institute
for Families

Vol. 3, No. 1
April 1998

Intervention Points: Increasing Resiliency in Families and Children

Following are 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 areas.

  • 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 questions.

  • 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 personality traits.


Giordano, B. P. (1997). Resilience--a survival tool for the nineties. AORN Journal, 65, 1032-1036.

1998 Jordan Institute for Families