Intervention & Prevention: Resilience

Resiliency refers to the capacity to thrive or remain healthy despite experiencing adversity. Among child welfare professionals, the term is often applied to clients (children, youth, parents, or families) who manage to function normally even though they experienced severe hardships.

Two examples of resiliency are: an abused and neglected child who demonstrates good cognitive, social, and emotional development, or a family struggling with extreme poverty whose children are active and in good health.


Title Authors Year Type of Publication
Evolution over a year of individual protective factors in preschool victims of sexual abuse
Langevin, Rachel
Hébert, Martine
2016 Journal article
Child resilience in out-of-home care: Child welfare worker perspectives

Bell, Tessa
Romano, Elisa

2015 Journal article
Research Brief: Resilience, Mental Health and Family Violence

MacMillan, Harriet L.
Wathen, C. Nadine

2014 Report
Multilevel correlates of behavioral resilience among children in child welfare

Bell, Tessa
Romano, Elisa
Flynn, Robert J.

2013 Journal article
Child maltreatment-related investigations involving infants: Opportunities for resilience?

Fallon, Barbara
Ma, Jennifer
Allan, Kate
Trocmé, Nico
Jud, Andreas

2013 Journal article
The relationship between internal resilience, smoking, alcohol use, and depression symptoms in emerging adults transitioning out of child welfare

Goldstein, Abby L.
Faulkner, Breanne
Wekerle, Christine

2013 Journal article
Patterns of service use, individual and contextual risk factors, and resilience among adolescents using multiple psychosocial services

Ungar, Michael
Liebenberg, Linda
Duddling, Peter
Armstrong, Mary
van de Vijver, Fons J. R.

2013 Journal article
South Asian immigrants' experience of child protection services: Are we recognizing strengths and resilience?

Maiter, Sarah
Stalker, Carol

2011 Journal article
Trauma Experiences, Maltreatment-Related Impairments, and Resilience Among Child Welfare Youth in Residential Care

Collin-Vézina, Delphine
Coleman, Kim
Milne, Lise
Sell, Jody
Daigneault, Isabelle

2011 Journal article
Developmental and Cultural Assets and Resilient Outcomes in First Nations Young People in Care: An Initial Test of an Explanatory Model

Filbert, Katharine
Flynn, Robert J.

2010 Journal article