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Reflection on the Evolution of Resilience

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It is really quite essential to state that Werner (1989) briefly noted the need to evaluate intervention programs in greater depth to determine more accurately how these programs could effectively assist children identified to be vulnerable and at high risk to develop resilience despite adversities. Finally, it is one’ s personal contention that the lessons provided by both Werner (1989) and Walsh’ s (2002) studies on protective factors and key processes to develop human resilience are instrumental in recognizing the most effective interventions that could determine the success or failure of people at risk through life.

These lessons are most interesting in terms of providing information which is beneficial and applicable in contemporary and future settings, as practitioners in psychology realize that theories and concepts on human resilience continue to evolve through time. As more families and societies encourage independence of children from parents, lessons gained on protective factors and key processes help to recognize that most of the factors continue to change through developments in the external environment. Therefore, one firmly believes that aside from focusing on the ability to identify these protective factors, practitioners must assume a proactive stance in anticipating how future trends in the global environment would influence and affect these key processes and how these would influence human resilience in the future.

The current reflection essay aims to present personal views on how one’ s personal definition of “ resilience” has or has not changed through the course. The discourse would consider addressing the following questions, to wit: (1) how would one respond to Michael Chandler’ s concern about defining resilient individuals as those who are made of “ stainless steel” and non-resilient individuals as those who are made of “ celluloid” ?

(2) Does the “ stainless steel” metaphor suggest that only the lucky few are resilient because they carry a particular trait or personality characteristic?  

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