Reducing the effects of significant adversity on young children’s healthy development is
critical to the progress and prosperity of any society. Yet not all children experience lasting
harm as a result of adverse early experiences. Some may demonstrate “resilience,” or an
adaptive response to serious hardship. A better understanding of why some children do
well despite early adversity is important because it can help us design policies and
programs that help more children reach their full potential. These three videos provide
an overview of why resilience matters, how it develops, and how to strengthen it in children.
Skill-Building Strengthen the Foundations of Resilience, a working paperfrom
the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.