Resilience Research

B. Bernard
January 1, 1996

Bernard links prevention and youth development with her vision of building resiliency for youth. She believes that youth workers (defined as anyone working with youth) must shift their thinking beyond programs to the process that is occurring within a particular field of work or role with youth. She stresses that this is necessary because building resiliency occurs at the relationship level-- where each interaction provides a new opportunity to contribute to a youth’s healthy development. Individual and environmental characteristics of resiliency are also discussed.