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Definition of Resilience

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Updated June 16, 2014

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Definition: One way to think of "resilience" is as the ability to succeed and prosper even after facing setbacks and hardships. Resilience is especially important during the tween years when children face new academic challenges, pressure and rejection from peers, and increasing awareness of their own limitations. Children who have this ability bounce back well after they face these issues. They are less likely to develop depression, anxiety or unhealthy coping mechanisms like aggression, eating issues and substance problems. Some characteristics that encourage resilience are innate; such as intellectual ability and being outgoing; but many others can be actively developed.

Source:

The Mayo Clinic. “Resilience: Build Skills to Endure Hardship.” Accessed: May 26. 2010 http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/resilience/mh00078

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