Glossary Term


Resilience refers to a process by which individuals in adverse contexts recover and even thrive. Resilience can be defined as the capacity of a system, community, or individual potentially exposed to hazards, to adapt. This adaptation means resisting or changing in order to reach and maintain an acceptable level of functioning and structure. Resilience depends on coping mechanisms and life skills, such as problem-solving, the ability to seek support, motivation, optimism, faith, perseverance, and resourcefulness. Resilience occurs when protective factors that support wellbeing are stronger than risk factors that cause harm. Activities that promote PSS and SEL can contribute to resilience by promoting the core competencies that support wellbeing and learning outcomes (i.e., skills, attitudes, behaviors, and relationships), and which in turn allow children and youth and the education systems they are part of to manage and overcome adversity.