Risk and Resilience

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  • Topic: Psychological resilience, Adaptation, Skill
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Risk and Resilience

When I think of a resilient person, what comes to mind is someone who can face the obstacles in their life head-on. These people can keep their cool when disaster strikes. Resilient people are able to utilize their skills and strengths to cope and recover from problems and challenges. There are various degrees of setbacks in our lives, some bigger or smaller than others. How we learn to cope and deal with these setbacks not only will attribute our outcome, but also our psychological mindset. Being a resilient person is not always a inborn trait, it can be a learned trait by practicing with the changes or setbacks life puts in front of you.

Exposure to significant risk factors can greatly affect a person’s resilience. Some people are born into wealth, while others are born into poverty. While high success is usually a person’s main goal in life, they may have many, many obstacles in their way of their goal. Risk factors may be cumulative so that the more risk factors a child or family is exposed to over the course of a child’s development, the greater the potential for problems to arise. The risk and protective factors in a child or family’s life may also interact with each other. One of the major risk factors in a child’s life is neglect. Neglect can come from family, the community, or lack of social support. Risk factors can also be child behavior, mental or physical health, neglected childcare substance abuse, social isolation, and everyday stress. Protective factors are family strength, supportive childcare relationships, social support and integration.

Being competent, as defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is having the necessary ability, knowledge, or skill to do something successfully. Competence in development is the effect from a positive factor and its outcome. For example, if we have a protective factor of family strength, a child will have the ability to trust in others. The bonds and relationships we develop...
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