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Characteristics of “Resilient” Youth
Researchers have identified four key characteristics of youth who are resilient:
1. Social Competence: Responsiveness to others; conceptual and intellectual flexibility; caring for others; good communication skills; sense of humor
2. Problem-Solving Skills: Ability to use abstract thinking, such as understanding rules and laws; reflective thinking; critical-thinking; to develop alternative solutions to frustrating problems, such as calculating the consequences of one’s actions, thus perceiving cause and effect relationships
3. Sense of Autonomy: Having a positive sense of independence; experiencing emerging feelings of efficacy; having positive self-esteem; being able to control impulses
4. Sense of Purpose and the Future: Planning and goal-setting; having a belief in the future; delaying gratification
Factors that Promote “Resiliency”
As well, researchers have pinpointed four factors that clearly promote resiliency:
1. Bonding: This feeling of “being connected” to others is considered by a number of researchers to be the overarching protective factor in the development of healthy behaviors
2. Opportunity for Meaningful Participation: Teachers and facilitators need to ensure the constant presence of interactive approaches to learning
3. High Expectations for Behavior: Youth need to be tutored in and encouraged to hold high and promising expectations for themselves
4. Norms for Healthy Behavior: Youth need to practice and rehearse clear rules of conduct, while being encouraged to model desired behavior
Discussion Law-Related Education researchers, teachers and supporters argue that the content and teaching strategies of LRE are especially well suited to developing the very factors that promote “resiliency”, and the kind of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that well contribute to the development of resiliency in at-risk youth. Here are six examples to support that claim.