Resiliency is defined as the ability to cope and adapt to change. Being resilient allows children and youth to overcome difficulties in their lives. Resources in this section provide more information about resiliency in children, youth, and families.
Bouncing Back: How Can Resilience Be Promoted in Vulnerable Children and Young People? (PDF - 482 KB)
Addresses some of the questions child welfare practitioners in the United Kingdom have about resilience in children, including how it can be defined, nurtured, and measured. The booklet also provides a summary of how resilience fits into child welfare today.
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.
Individual, Family, and Neighborhood Factors Distinguish Resilient From Non-Resilient Maltreated Children: A Cumulative Stressors Model
Jaffee, Caspi, Moffitt, Polo-Thomas, & Taylor
Child Abuse & Neglect, 31(3), 2007
Examines factors contributing to resiliency in children who experienced maltreatment.
Mental Health in Child Welfare: A Focus on Children and Families
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning
Best Practice/Next Practice, Summer, 2003
Articles addressing mental health in child welfare with a focus on resiliency.
Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience After Neglect and Trauma
Explores best practices for addressing traumatic stress and neglect in adopted children and examines ways to build resiliency in children and families.
Predictors of Resilience in Abused and Neglected Children Grown-Up: The Role of Individual and Neighborhood Characteristics
DuMont, Widom, & Czaja
Child Abuse & Neglect, 31(3), 2007
Examines individual, family, and neighborhood level predictors of resilience in adolescence and young adulthood and describes changes in resilience over time from adolescence to young adulthood in abused and neglected children grown up.
Promoting Children's Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health: A Resource for Parents (PDF - 582 KB)
Board on Children, Youth, and Families, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council, Institute of Medicine, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2009)
Helps parents focus on the healthy development of children from birth to adolescence and identify risk factors to prevent problems before they occur.
Resilient Outcomes in Abused and Neglected Children: Bases for Strengths-based Intervention and Prevention Policies
Trickett, Kurtz, & Pizzigati (2004)
In Investing in Children, Youth, Families, and Communities: Strengths-Based Research and Policy
Summarizes current research on protective factors that influence adaptation among maltreated children.
Trauma Resilience Among Youth in Substitute Care Demonstrating Sexual Behavior Problems
Leon, Miller, Ragsdale, & Spacarelli
Child Abuse and Neglect, 32(1), 2008
Presents results of a study examining the relationship between several protective factors and trauma symptoms among vulnerable youth in the child welfare system.