We often hear that people are “resilient.” They manage to not only get through tough times but end up actually stronger than they were before their troubles began. While it may sound a little trite, research actually has found that individuals and families can indeed be resilient. When confronting stressful challenges, many do have the capacity to rebound and grow in a way to be better able to meet future challenges.
Family therapist Froma Walsh identified nine ways to build resiliency. She observed that families who were able to thrive despite the adversity they faced had common strengths. They found ways to effectively deal with their stressful situations. Walsh offers these nine keys to resilience:
Walsh offers these nine keys to resilience:
Click on any of the above list to learn more about a specific key to resilience.
(Walsh, F. 2006 Strengthening Family Resilience. New York: The Guilford Press)