Resilience in people refers to having the ability to “bounce back” after experiencing a difficulty.
The American Psychological Association defines it as “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats and even significant sources of stress – such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stresses.” – www.apahelpcenter.org
Now, combine this definition with the issues that go with being an adolescent. All of the following can arise in their lives from ages 12-18. These include, but are not limited to:
- Sexual Activity
- Drug Use
- Alcohol Use
- Academic Problems
- Declining Sporting Prowess
- Peer Pressure
- Social Media
- On-screen Violence
Each one has the potential for creating very great difficulty for teenagers if they have not been taught how to handle them with Resilience skills that allow them to maintain their self-respect and dignity.
Without Resilience skills, the short-term effects for young people can include low self-esteem, low self-worth, involvement in drugs and alcohol and even abusive relationships, sub-standard academic performance, deteriorating family and peer relationships. For sporting teenagers, it can result is lower individual performance and a lack of commitment to the game. This issues can then impact their lives into adulthood and lead to a lot of unhappiness and unfulfilled expectations and dreams!