Resiliency: What Kids Need to Thrive

According to Henderson and Milstein (1996), resiliency is “the capacity to spring back, rebound, successfully adapt in the face of adversity and develop social, academic, and vocational competence despite exposure to severe stress or simply to the stress inherent in today‘s world.” Whether or not a child has been labeled as Ôæëat risk‘, resilience is a key component of positive, healthy development. For over fifty years, psychologists and researchers alike have been looking for ways to increase the resiliency of a young person. Throughout this paper we explore some of their findings including the work of Minnesota‘s own Search Institute. We also highlight the benefits of a comprehensive school counseling program including mentoring, a rigorous academic elective class and a school-wide environmental change.

Caroline Jean McGowan
Year Completed: 
Number of Pages: 
PDF icon McGowan MP 2011.pdf445.08 KB