Resilience in Children: Theory and Practice

Conference: The Barcelona Conference on Arts, Media & Culture (BAMC2022)
Title: Resilience in Children: Theory and Practice
Stream: Sociology
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Emily Schafer, University of South Carolina - Union, United States


Resilience is a well-known construct referring to the capacity and/or resources to recover from a threat to one’s well-being at a particular moment. This presentation will briefly examine current research on resilience in children framing it within relational developmental systems theory. As such, individual characteristics, environmental factors, and their mutual interaction and influence will be emphasized as contributors to a child’s likelihood of a resilient outcome. The core community development concepts of empowerment and sense of belonging are integrated into the review as critical elements of building resilience. The author’s definition will be presented as well, focusing on the dynamic interaction of child and her environment. This will all provide context to discuss policy and practice implications, including scaffolding and meaning making.

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