Stress and Resilience in Families

Stress and resilience in families are natural dynamic processes that help families, as biosocial systems within complex ecologies, to balance the changing needs of individual family members as well as preserve and strengthen the family as a unit. The terms stress and resilience represent constructs used in scientific studies and the development and implementation of early childhood and family support programs. A developmental framework known as applied biosocial contextual development (ABCD) identifies both stressors and promotive processes as essential for children to develop resilience. When a family experiences stressors, this provides natural opportunities for young children to learn about strategies to counteract stress and, in turn, foster resilience. At the same time, when stressors become excessive or chronic, they can harm children and the family ...

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