Childhood Resilience Study

Research area: Population Health > Intergenerational Health  | Status: Active

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Development of a measure of child resilience for children aged 5-12 years, with a parent- child- and school report.

Our study is a five-year study to develop a better understanding of how this happens and how children grow up to be strong and resilient.

Our study is a five-year study to develop a better understanding of how this happens and how children grow up to be strong and resilient.

Overview

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There is now a lot of evidence to show that trauma and stress impacts on children’s health and wellbeing and can have enduring consequences throughout their lives. It is also clear that some children do very well despite having these challenges. The Childhood Resilience Study is a five-year study to develop a better understanding of how this happens and how children grow up to be strong and resilient.

Resilience can be understood as the process by which an individual draws on internal and external resources to navigate adversity. Strengths (and adversity) will exist in different domains – within the child but also in their relationships and social environments.

We have developed a multi-domain, socially inclusive child resilience measure for the general population that was co-designed with Aboriginal and refugee background communities.

We are now examining data from over 1000 parents and children to explore resilience and mental health in different contexts and experiences, including Aboriginal families, refugee background families and children exposed to family violence.

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