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.
Building Resilience: The Power to Cope With Adversity (PDF - 292 KB)
ZERO TO THREE (2010)
Discusses how early childhood professionals can identify strengths and resources to help parents and young children foster resilience.
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.
Collaborative Partnerships Between Early Care and Education and Child Welfare: Supporting Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families Through Risk to Resilience (PDF - 1,740 KB)
United States Department of Health and Human Services & Administration for Children and Families (2011)
Describes strategies to link child welfare and early childhood education (ECE) programs to support protective factors for vulnerable families and prevent and mitigate significant early childhood risk. Includes information regarding capacity building, referral and service coordination, and opportunities for ECE-child welfare partnerships under national and local approaches.
Developing Resilience and Strengthening Families (PDF - 3,542 KB)
Virginia Department of Social Services & James Madison University Department of Psychology (2011)
Virginia Child Protection Newsletter, 93
Discusses resilience in parents and children, risk and protective factors for resilience, the vulnerability of unmarried mothers, and characteristics of strong families. This issue also highlights family strengthening strategies and reports findings from the Fragile Families Study.
Ensuring Military Families Are the Best They Can Be: Strengthening Families to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect
Children's Voice, 20(4)
Emphasizes the need to support and strengthen military families and build parental resilience to reduce instances of child abuse and neglect. The development of a survey to help prevention programs assess and measure their success is then discussed.
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
The Nurturing Parenting Programs and the Six Protective Factors: The Effectiveness of Theory, Research and Practice for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect (PDF - 1,475 KB)
Bavolek & Rogers (2012)
Describes the Nurturing Parenting Programs to help families who have come to the attention of social services for child abuse and neglect and program efforts to build six critical protective factors in families. Information on the history and development of the protective factors, statistics on the Nurturing Parenting Programs, the identification of abusive and neglectful parenting practices, and the development of the Nurturing Parenting Programs and assessment also are included.
Power Up Your Parenting (PDF - 6,093 KB)
Nathanson Family Resilience Center (2013)
Working Strategies, 16(2)
Shares parenting tips from the Families Over Coming Under Stress program, a program that provides resiliency training to military children and families affected by multiple deployments.
Research Profile. Number 3, Parents Anonymous Evidence Supports the Strengthening Families Approach (PDF - 170 KB)
Pion-Berlin, Williams, Polinsky, & Pickens (2011)
Highlights how the research on the effectiveness of Parents Anonymous Programs to prevent child abuse and neglect provides valuable evidence for the Strengthening Families approach, including the protective factors and mutual support groups for children and parents, and provides research findings from evaluation studies on Parents Anonymous groups.
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.
Resilience in Parenting Among Young Mothers: Family and Ecological Risks and Opportunities
Easterbrooks, Chaudhuri, Bartlet, & Copeman (2011)
Children and Youth Services Review, 33(1)
Examines resilient functioning in parenting among young mothers within the context of risks from their childhood histories and current economic and neighborhood conditions.
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.