Resilience is a much-talked-about topic these days. The view that resilience is an important aspect of mental well-being has been gaining attention among health professionals and researchers. Tatyana Barankin and Nazilla Khanlou draw from the latest research and theoretical developments on resilience in children and youth and present it in a way that is relevant for a diverse audience, including parents, educators, health care providers, daycare workers, coaches, social service providers, policy makers and others. Among the unique contributions of this book is that the authors consider the development of resilience at three levels. Growing Up Resilient explores the individual, family and environmental risk and protective factors that affect young people’s resilience: • individual factors: temperament, learning strengths, feelings and emotions, self-concept, ways of thinking, adaptive skills, social skills and physical health • family factors: attachment, communication, family structure, parent relations, parenting style, sibling relations, parents’ health and support outside the family • environmental factors: inclusion (gender, culture), social conditions (socio-economic situation, media influences), access (education, health) and involvement. Tips on how to build resilience in children and youth follow each section.
The ability for children and youth to bounce back from today’s stresses is one of the best life skills they can develop. Growing Up Resilient is a must-read for adults who want to increase resilience in the children and youth in their lives.
About the authorsThis book arose out of an interdisciplinary collaboration. Its authors are mental health professionals whose research, education and practice are in the field of child and youth mental health promotion and treatment. Tatyana Barankin, MD, FRCPC, DCPDr. Tatyana Barankin is a staff psychiatrist in the Child, Youth and Family Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and staff psychiatrist at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. She is an associate professor and Head of Continuing Medical Education, Child and Adolescent Division, in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
Nazilla Khanlou, RN, PhDDr. Nazilla Khanlou is an associate professor at the Faculty of Nursing and Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Her graduate work includes an MSc in community health from the University of Toronto and a PhD in clinical health sciences from McMaster University in Hamilton. Her clinical background is in psychiatric nursing. Dr. Khanlou’s research is in the interdisciplinary field of community-based mental health promotion, focusing on youth and women in multicultural and urban settings where immigrants settle. Her research focuses on youth self-concept, particularly as it relates to cultural identity and self-esteem; gendered post-migration resettlement experiences; and participatory mental health promotion.