A child's capacity to cope with adversity and 'stand on their own two feet' is seen as critical to their development, well-being, and future independence and success in adulthood. Psychological strength, or resilience, directly affects a child's capacity to cope with adversity.
This book provides a succinct, accessible and clear guide on how to promote resilience in children and achieve positive developmental outcomes for them. The author covers three key factors that affect resiliency: vulnerability to stress and anxiety, attachment relationships, and access to basic needs. For each, the author presents practical advice and strategies, such as how to regulate children's stress and anxiety, how to encourage and maintain secure attachments, and how to assure children that their needs are understood and will be met. The model presented will help parents and carers ensure their children grow up happy, healthy and resilient.
This book will be invaluable for parents, carers and practitioners in supportive roles caring for children.
Colby Pearce is Principal Psychologist at Secure Start, a private psychology practice based in Adelaide, Australia, that specialises in service provision to children and adolescents who have experienced complex trauma. He is the author of A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder and has extensive experience in teaching and training of psychologists and other professionals who work with children.
A Short Introduction. Prologue. 1. Understanding Resilience. 2. Biological Influences on Resilience - Arousal. 3. Psychological Influences on Resilience - Attachment. 4. Environmental Influences on Resilience - Needs-Provision. A Short Conclusion. Glossary of Terms. About the Author. Endnotes. Index.