Parents who can cope with the stresses of everyday life, as well an occasional crisis, have resilience; they have the flexibility and inner strength necessary to bounce back when things are not going well. Multiple life stressors, such as a family history of abuse or neglect, health problems, marital conflict, or domestic or community violence - and financial stressors such as unemployment, poverty, and homelessness - may reduce a parent's capacity to cope effectively with the typical day-to-day stresses of raising children.
ZERO TO THREE (2016)
Explains how resilience can be recognized and fostered at four levels: the individual, the family, the school and caregiving systems, and the larger community. The resource provides suggestions on how parents can build their children's resilience daily by teaching self-care, emphasizing the positive, building a strong parent-child bond, reading together, encouraging social skills, maintaining a daily routine, nurturing self-esteem, and practicing reflection.
Building Resiliency in Child Abuse Organizations
Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center, Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (2014)
Offers a training to help child-serving professionals develop their individual resiliency in order to prevent secondary traumatic stress and burnout. The training, available through three delivery options, identifies the five elements of resiliency and explores how they can be implemented through an organizational resiliency model using policies, supervisory techniques, and competency-based training.
Building the Skills Adults Need for Life: A Guide for Practitioners
Harvard University, Center on the Developing Child (2017)
Presents a guide for practitioners that explains the science behind our core life skills, what affects their development, and how practitioners can help. The resource includes information on ways to help adults build skills, how stress affects our skills, and how to deliver services in ways that can help reduce stress.
Handbook of Family Resilience
Explores how resilient families adapt and adjust and includes discussions related to the evaluation of a family resilience focus, a consideration of methodological issues when attempting to study family resilience, and ramifications of and approaches related to the inclusion of family resilience in clinical practice. Family resilience relative to stepfamilies, military marriages, parenting, at-risk youth, and high-risk situations also is discussed
Parental Resilience: Protective & Promotive Factors (PDF - 212 KB)
Center for the Study of Social Policy (2014)
Provides background information on parental resilience and explores caseworker roles in assisting parents who have an open child welfare case. The tip sheet includes questions to ask parents, what to look for, activities to do with parents, and more.
Resilience in Military Marriages Experiencing Deployment
Anderson, Amanor-Boadu, Stith, & Foster (2013)
In Handbook of Family Resilience
Explores findings from a study involving seven couples from three Air Force installations who had strong marriages after deployments and found the participants had strong marriages before deployment. The couples were communicative and flexible, and they relied on social support for family members left behind during deployment.
Working With Families in Which a Parent Has Depression: A Resilience Perspective
Chen & Kovacs (2013)
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 94(2)
Reviews literature on addressing resilience in families using five protective and risk factors and four practice principles to inform policy and practice for families living with parental depression.