ERIC Number: EJ848380
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 0
Building Resilience in Gifted Children: Can Resiliency Be Taught or Is It Innate?
Understanding Our Gifted, v18 n2 p3-6 Win 2006
Resilience allows one to achieve emotional health and social competence in spite of a history of adversity. There are three waves of resilience research. The first wave, 40 years ago, examined risk factors in children. The second wave of research asked the question, what do resilient children look like? These studies concluded that while there is not a universal set of traits among resilient children, children who beat the odds usually demonstrate a cluster of characteristics. The second wave also examined conditions that buffer children from the negative effects of risk factors. An important finding from the second generation of resilience research is that resilience is not innate. People acquire resilience. It's a learned behavior. This finding has obvious implications for parents and educators. It means there are things they can do to promote resilience in children. This is the focus of the third wave of research. In this article, the author describes what people can do to enhance a child's ability to achieve emotional health, social competence, and academic success in the face of adversity.
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Gifted, Academic Achievement, Mental Health, Risk, Interpersonal Competence, Individual Characteristics, Student Behavior, Educational Research, Child Psychology, Persistence
Open Space Communications LLC. P.O. Box 18268, Boulder, CO 80308. Tel: 303-444-7020; Tel: 800-494-6178; Fax: 303-545-6505; Web site: http://www.our-gifted.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A