Resilience in Children During the Pandemic

Psychological resilience in childhood has been the subject of many theoretical articles. However, in the current pandemic it creates an additional challenge.
Resilience in Children During the Pandemic

Last update: 07 May, 2020

Resilience in children in times of pandemic requires in-depth scientific analysis. New publications and articles may emerge after the pandemic is over to help us understand this phenomenon better.

However, first of all, we need to try to understand what the concept of resilience is. Keep reading to learn all about it!

What is resilience?

Traditionally, resilience has been associated with the property of certain objects to stretch and then return to their original position. So, despite the existence of an agent which is capable of modifying the object’s state or condition, the objects will remain unchanged after the pressure applied to them.

We can also apply the same idea to people. Although we aren’t objects, we can still face very problematic situations and pressure, and, despite this, remain intact.

Resilience can be individual or collective. When it’s collective resilience, then we can apply it to society as a whole. There has been a lot of research that emphasizes the importance of resilience when exposed to disaster and tragedy. This is where the importance of resilience comes in during the coronavirus pandemic.

What are the characteristics of psychological resilience?

To be resilient is to have some characteristics that include, for example:

Some reports regarding resilience note that, while it’s good to promote and provide for resilience in people, it’s also essential not to lose sight of our responsibilities. This responsibility can be for individuals, communities, and also institutions.

Resilience in childhood and the pandemic

The Spanish Association of Pediatrics stresses that resilience “is a positive attitude that allows you to face difficulties, adapt to stressful situations, and emerge from adversity stronger.”

At the same time, the Argentine Society of Pediatrics, in its Guide to Child Growth and Development in Pediatric Practice, also points to resilience as an essential component. It’s a characteristic that can help both children and families to protect them from adverse situations.

To face this pandemic in childhood is undoubtedly a source of stress. Resilience in childhood can answer the question of why some children seem to get through difficult situations without it seeming to affect them at all. This is in contrast to others who don’t seem so able to cope.

Is resilience something you learn?

For several decades, several experts have devoted years of research to identify what criterion(s) we can measure resilience by.

In this sense, it’s important to promote these capacities from a young age. Just like with antibodies, these capacities can strengthen children’s response to difficult situations, such as this pandemic.

Resilience in children

It’s important not to be too dazzled by this whole idea of resilience. While it’s a valuable resource, we mustn’t think of it as a panacea or the solution to all our problems.

In times of pandemic, people are affected by fears, uncertainties, and doubts. The resilience of each individual, and particularly children, can make a valuable and important difference.

It can be helpful to adopt an optimistic attitude and look on the bright side of life. However, we should do this without denying the reality and seriousness of the situation.

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