Last month’s article provided the background research study on adverse childhood experiences to become more informed on the topic. In this article, attention will be given on how developing protective factors builds resiliency.
Protective factors are positive conditions in families and communities that strengthen all families and increase their health and well-being. The Center for the Study of Social Policy Strengthening Families Approach names the following five protective factors: Parental resilience, social connections, concrete support in times of need, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social and emotional competence of children. Research studies support the idea that when these protective factors are solid in a family, the likelihood of child abuse and neglect decreases. Furthermore, research shows that these protective factors are promotive factors that build family strengths and environments and encourage the highest child and youth development. For each protective factor below, the focus is on empowering parents by helping them identify and build on their own strengths and selecting the best strategies to help them expand their parenting ability.
• Parental resilience – resilience is the ability to bounce back from various challenges that surface in every family’s life. Examples of resiliency are problem solving skills and maintaining trusting relationships including with your own child, as well as recognizing the signs of stress and knowing how to ask for help when necessary.
• Social connections – friends, family members, neighbors and community members nurture emotional support, listen to you as you process and solve problems and give solid assistance to parents. Take the time to build trust when working with those who…
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