Understanding Coping and Resilience of Children and Adolescents

Pulla, Venkat (2009) Understanding Coping and Resilience of Children and Adolescents. In: Resillient Families Discourse: Research and Evidence Based Interventions, 20-21 April 2009, Penang, Malaysia.

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Plenty of research exists on coping and resilience amongst children and adolescents and on their ability to overcome adversities. In the author's practice children and adolescents with high levels of resilience have been able to adapt to life in the face of letdowns at greater levels, than those with lower levels of coping skills. Thus while coping demands focusing on moving ahead in the face of adverse circumtances, having moved; it is that state of energy, or a state of bounce back that results in positivist- we call it 'resilience'. We live in a fragile post modern world where the nature of all human interaction is bereft with stress producing stimuli, some made by man and some that is natural; of one kind or the other making children and adolescents much more vulnerable. The objectives of this paper are to identify and define key concepts and models related to stress, coping, and resilience amongst children and adolescents and also to make us mindful to area wise gaps in our evidence based practice in this context. Amidst the growing evidence that depression and other mental health issues are surfacing amongst children and adolescents in several societies, the author focuses on the transactional nature of coping and resilience and how children and adolescents process a variety of stresses that they see in their day to day lives. Given that children and adolescents attempt to cope well in stressful situations being a fact, the author considers constructing and reviewing this stressful experiences in a person-environment transaction context to be a useful strategy. The paper presents this strategy. We believe that maturation results in developmental stages marked by capacity for self-control, thus children and adolescents use a number of process using internal and external resources to manage demands of environment. It is important to encourage children tell their stories of what they go through when they are coping? Personal coping skills include a focus on personal values, thinking skills, emotional literacy, adaptivity, and interpersonal skill sets that allow children to deal with conflict, seeking help and making connections and in mitigating the impacts of the stresses. In this context the paper also attempts to delineate some key culturally-based aspects of coping and resilience across cultures and finally mentions the areas of further research as a result of gaps in knowledge and application.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: National Population and Family Development Board (NPFDB) in collaboration with the DOHA International Institute.
Keywords: coping, resilience, children and adolescents
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 302 Social interaction
Division/Agency/State: LPPKN - National Population and Family Development Board, Malaysia > Division of Family Development
Deposited By: Mr Mustapha Muhamad
Deposited On: 17 Jul 2013 04:31
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2013 04:31
URI: http://familyrepository.lppkn.gov.my/id/eprint/318

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