Nurturing Individual Resilience from a Multisystem Developmental Perspective
August 20, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
About This Webinar:
Dr. Masten discusses contemporary perspectives on resilience from a developmental systems perspective, highlighting research findings and their implications for practice.
Resilience can be defined as the capacity of a system (child, family, community, economy, or any other complex system) to adapt successfully to challenges that threaten system function, viability, or development. Military children and parents face a combination of common adversities as well as some unique challenges posed for example by deployment and moving. They also have common and unique resources that will be highlighted.
Resilience is dynamic, changing over time as individuals develop and situations change: developmental timing matters. The resilience of any individual depends on many systems inside the person, in their close relationships, and in the communities and cultures in which they live. Findings from research on resilience in children and parents will summarized along with its implications for practice. The striking similarity of resilience factors observed in research on individual and family resilience will be discussed. A resilience framework for action will be presented, emphasizing strategies for promoting resilience, both generally and in the context of military service.
Ann Masten, Ph.D.
Regents Professor, Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development, Distinguished McKnight University Professor
Dr. Ann Masten is a Regents Professor and the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development in the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. She has studied competence, risk, and resilience in human development since she came to the University for her Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Professor Masten has conducted research with children and families who have experienced many kinds of adversity, including homelessness, war, migration, and disaster, as well as ordinary school children who have experienced stressful but common adversities such as poverty or family violence. Her publications on resilience in children are among the most cited in the literature.
She is Past-President of the Society for Research on Child Development and a 2014 recipient of the Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contributions to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society. Her book, Ordinary Magic: Resilience in Development, was published in 2014 by Guilford Press. Ann grew up in a military family, stationed in many locations across the U.S., as well as Japan and Germany.
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, U.S. Department of Defense under Award Number 2019-48770-30366 and 2023-48770-41333.