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.


Titlesort icon Authors Year Type of Publication
A Constructionist Discourse on Resilience: Multiple Contexts, Multiple Realities among At-Risk Children and Youth

Ungar, Michael

2004 Journal article
A Typological Analysis of Behavioral Profiles of Sexually Abused Children

Hébert, Martine
Parent, Nathalie
Daigneault, Isabelle
Tourigny, Marc

2006 Journal article
Child maltreatment-related investigations involving infants: Opportunities for resilience?

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

2013 Journal article
Child resilience in out-of-home care: Child welfare worker perspectives

Bell, Tessa
Romano, Elisa

2015 Journal article
Community Based Child Welfare for Aboriginal Children: Supporting Resilience through Structural Change

Blackstock, Cindy
Trocmé, Nico

2004 Book chapter
Constructing Narratives of Resilience With High-Risk Youth

Ungar, Michael

2001 Journal article
Contextual and Cultural Aspects of Resilience in Child Welfare Settings

Ungar, Michael

2007 Book chapter
Deep Ecology and the Roots of Resilience: The Importance of Setting in Outdoor Experience-based Programming for At-risk Children. Critical Social Work

Ungar, Michael

2003 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
Distinguishing Differences in Pathways to Resilience Among Canadian Youth

Ungar, Michael
Brown, Marion
Liebenberg, Linda
Cheung, Maria
Levine, Kathryn

2008 Journal article