Darla L. Henry & Associates Home About Us 3-5-7 Model Calendar GRANTS Blog Resources Contact Have you ever heard the saying “Luck of the Irish”? The Irish are often viewed as resilient people-they have a challenged history and have been known as survivors, much like the children and families we work with every day. As part of my doctoral work, I interviewed adolescents who had experienced childhood maltreatment, and child care professionals who were experienced in the field of child abuse. I examined fives themes that emerged related to resilience. Below is the description of the concept of resilience from the article I wrote:
The concept of resilience was created to help explain why some children do well under disadvantaged circumstances [Baldwin et al. 1993]. Resilience is attributed to children who grew up under unfavorable circumstances without showing unfavorable consequences [Masten 1989; Okun et al. 1994; Radke-Yarrow & Brown 1993; Werner 1993]. It is defined as the capacity for successful adaptation, positive functioning, or competence despite high risk, chronic stress, or prolonged or severe trauma [Egeland et al. 1993].
– Excerpt from:Henry, D. L. (1999). Resilience in maltreated children: Implications for special needs adoption. Child Welfare, 78(5), 519-540.
A review of the literature at that time revealed many ways to understand what makes someone “resilient”. Is it luck? Or can we promote resiliency in our children and families by using the 3-5-7 Model© to support the work of grieving losses and re-building relationships? I imagine you know the answer….