Health, Well-being and Resilience

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    • 00:06

      JOYCE MUNSCH: Have you ever knownanyone who's overcome nearly impossible odds in their life?Did it make you curious about how some people manageto not only survive, but actuallyto thrive in the face of great challenges?Did it maybe seem to you that you would needsuperhuman powers to do that?

    • 00:26

      JOYCE MUNSCH [continued]: Well, one researcher who has studied resilient childrenhas described these children as havingwhat she calls ordinary magic.What's ordinary magic?Well, it includes things like being connectedto a supportive, caring adult in your life,feeling good about yourself, having a strong desire

    • 00:48

      JOYCE MUNSCH [continued]: to master your environment.That actually sounds pretty ordinary, doesn't it?But the magic is that these childrenmanaged to do it under extremely stressful circumstances.You may have heard somewhere that abused children tendto grow up to become abusive parents.Well, the truth is, some of them do.

    • 01:09

      JOYCE MUNSCH [continued]: About 30% of children who are abusedgo on to repeat this cycle.But the important thing is that the rest of the childrenmanage to overcome these experiencesand go on to be productive, positive parents themselves.

Health, Well-being and Resilience

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Dr. Joyce Munsch discusses resilience in children and what makes some children more resilient than others.

Health, Well-being and Resilience

Dr. Joyce Munsch discusses resilience in children and what makes some children more resilient than others.

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