Resiliency in youth

Youth may become strong adults from positive resiliency.

Since television has been around, there have been reports and stories of youth misfortunes. In these cases, youth tend to be in situations where they have gone through some kind of horrific incident. Media today is quick to tell the story of the hurt and pain that youth experience daily. Do you ever ask yourself, how did the youth make it through that incident? This question is probably echoed by many. It seems as if many youth from all generations have faced different obstacles and that resiliency is a common trait learned through their situation.

Youth are bombarded with so much information and sometimes pain, that as they grow it sometimes helps shape them into adults who become well equipped with skills to overcome hardships. Not all youth follow the path of success in this situation, but many are successful.

As youth continue to grow, develop and mold, their brain may or may not attach to certain events as they progress throughout childhood. Resiliency is partially based on the amount of protective factors that are present in a youth’s life.

Take for example, a child who grows up in a family that lives in a neighborhood where there is constant drug exposure, gangs and crime. This child may not have a strong support system in their family, outside the family, in church or school. The risk factors of their environment in this situation outweigh the protective factors. Being exposed to such risk factors, this child may become a product of their surroundings. However, if they learn to be resilient to their surroundings as many successful youth and adults have done, they will learn to combat the negative for a different future of their choosing.

Resiliency in youth is part of being a child. As youth grow and develop into young adults, their resiliency learned from childhood will help steer them toward a strong future.

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