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Resilience is the capacity to adapt well when faced with adversity or stress. It incorporates emotional regulation and impulse control, the ability to analyse problems and identify causes effectively, empathy, realistic optimism, self-efficacy and the ability to take advantage of new opportunities and reach out to others.
In general, students with higher resilience tend to have more positive outcomes, including better psychological well-being, higher self-efficacy, and less problem behaviour. Resilience helps students stave off potential negative psychological effects of challenging experiences. Resilience involves more than continuing to persist despite difficulty. Resilient students interpret academic or social challenges in a positive way (such as increasing effort, developing new strategies, or practising conflict resolution).
There is a sound body of knowledge related to the importance of resilience to a range of positive behaviours and outcomes. There is a growing body of research investigating the impact of different practices and approaches for supporting the building of resilience in young people.
There are a number of ways to build resilience in your students:
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