Parental Resilience

Parental resilience is the ability to cope and bounce back from all types of challenges. Parents are continually managing different amounts of stress in their daily lives. The challenges parents face can be daunting.  In the Strengthening Families framework, we think about two different components of resilience – the ability to cope with stress in general and the ability to parent well in times of stress.

When asked, parents have described this protective factor as:

  • I will continue to have courage during stress or after a crisis.
  • Resilience = courage.
  • Resilience means being strong and flexible.

Parental Resilience, a research brief from the Center for the Study of Social Policy.


Information adapted from the Center for the Study of Social Policy and the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds.