Part of the How to Help series of books exploring issues commonly faced by children and young people at home and at school, Building Wellbeing and Resilience offers a complete introduction to these critical yet frequently misunderstood topics. Often confused with mental health or physical wellness, wellbeing fuses aspects of both and wider elements into a general sense of ‘how we are’. Resilience, meanwhile, is the ability to deal with adversity and move forward. High wellbeing fosters resilience and, in a virtuous circle, resilience is linked to high levels of wellbeing. Exploring these topics along with related issues such as measuring wellbeing, using positive psychology approaches to boost strengths and the impact of neurodiversity, Rob Long considers the importance and impact of wellbeing and resilience at home and in the classroom – and how parents, carers, teachers and schools can help.
Publication: June 2021
Publishers: Pavilion Publishers and Media Ltd
Table of Contents
Series Preface; About the Author;
Author’s Preface; How to Use This Book
Part 1: Introduction
- What are wellbeing and resilience?; 2. Wellbeing in context; 3. Wellbeing and development; 4. Issues, evidence and definitions; Ten key things to know about wellbeing and resilience
Part 2: The science of wellbeing
- Evidence-based practice; 6. Measuring wellbeing; 7. Wellbeing and positive psychology; 8. How can positive psychology improve wellbeing?; 9. Signature strengths
Part 3: Wellbeing and development
- Child and adolescent development; 11. Wellbeing and physical development; 12. Wellbeing and emotional development; 13. Wellbeing and cognitive development; 14. Adolescence and social development
Part 4: Wellbeing at home and in school
- Wellbeing and the family; 16. Wellbeing in school; 17. Wellbeing in the classroom; 18. Behaviour and school policies; 19. School transitions and wellbeing
Part 5: Resilience and mental health
- Wellbeing for troubled children; 21. Understanding resilience; 22. What can be done to increase resilience?; 23. Building the skills for school success
Part 6: Complex difficulties and disadvantage
- Children with complex difficulties; 25. The disability paradox; 26. Abilities and capabilities; 27. Poverty
Part 7: Conclusion and resources
29. Summary; 30. Advice for parents and carers; 31. Advice for teachers; Appendices
About the topic
Wellbeing describes the successful and positive integration of the different elements of a child or young person’s development (e.g. emotional, cognitive, physical, social, moral). It is a measure of a young person’s current state of happiness, health, comfort and overall contentment.
Within wellbeing, emotional wellbeing refers to possessing skills such as self-esteem, optimism and the ability to maintain relationships, while social wellbeing in concerned with the extent to which young people have a sense of belonging to and inclusion with different groups.
Resilience is the ability to cope with, recover from and adjust to adverse life experiences. It is influenced by a range of factors, some specific to the individual and others drawn from the wider environment. It is the ability to work through adversity, adapt, move on and grow.