Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

On Being Resilient in Threatening Times

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

On Being Resilient in Threatening Times

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During the past five years, highly visible threats to security have been evident throughout the world. In the past year, two hurricanes devastated the gulf coast region of this country. Acts of violence, crime, and terrorism continue to play out in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Whether it is identity theft, child or spouse maltreatment, or methamphetamine labs in rural communities, security is a concern.

Building resiliency is essential for survival and for managing all that happens in life. Resiliency in Action (2004) defined resiliency as "the ability to spring back from and successfully adapt to adversity." This Web site (http://www.resiliency.com/htm/whatisresiliency.htm) indicates that a favorite definition for resiliency was offered by a 15 year old who described it as "Bouncing back from problems and stuff with more power and more smarts." Resiliency is a bit like the punching bag that can be easily knocked over and then it springs back upright. It is being able to adapt creatively when life's events are disruptive. Resiliency is developmentalit grows through healthy responses to the many stressors that test an individual, family, or community throughout life. …

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