CFCA Paper No. 2 reviews some of the complexities and issues surrounding the concept of resilience in order to ascertain its usefulness for practitioners working with children.
The paper offers a brief history of the research as well as an investigation of how resilience is defined, measured and used in practice.
The key messages of this paper are:
- Although there are many varied definitions of resilience, most suggest that it involves children displaying competent functioning despite exposure to high levels of risk or adversity.