A combination of factors helps build resilience.
Many studies show that one of the most important factors in resilience is having caring and supportive relationships within and outside the family. Relationships that emanate love and trust, that provide role models, and that offer encouragement and security, help to affirm the resilience of the person.
Other factors associated with resilience are:
- The ability to make realistic plans and follow the steps necessary to carry them out.
- A positive view of himself, and confidence in his strengths and abilities.
- Skills in communication and problem solving.
- The ability to handle strong feelings and impulses.
These are all factors that people can develop on their own.