Resilience in Adults

Since everyone faces adversity at some point in life, DCRC’s mission is to promote protective factors and strengthen resilience for children and the adults who support them. Promoting resilience involves reducing risk factors and strengthening protective factors at the environmental, familial, and within levels.

In adults, DCRC promotes the following protective factors through self-reflection and strategies.

    • Relationships: The mutual, long-lasting, back-and-forth bond we have with another person in our lives.
    • Internal Beliefs: The feelings and thoughts we have about ourselves and our lives, and how effective we think we are at taking action in life.
    • Initiative: The ability to make positive choices and decisions, and act upon them.
    • Self-Control: The ability to experience a range of feelings, and express them using the words and actions that society considers appropriate.
Age RangeDevereux AssessmentProtective Factors Measured
AdultsDevereux Adult Resilience Survey (DARS) - English, Spanish
Devereux Resilient Leadership Survey (DERLS) - English, Spanish
Relationships; Internal Beliefs; Initiative; Self-Control

Promoting Resilience in Adults

Our adult resilience initiative emerged in response to the growing understanding and appreciation that promoting children’s resilience depends significantly on the resilience of the adults caring for them. It focuses on promoting the health and well-being of all adults who parent, nurture, and/or work with young children. The critical connection between children’s resilience and the health and wellness of the adults in their lives cannot be underestimated.

In order promote resilience in adults, DCRC created several adult resilience resources and professional development experiences. We believe that resilient adults can be wonderful role models to support resilience in the children whose lives they touch!

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