By Heidi Plant and Jessica Young. Steven Wolin : Resiliency Theory . Biography. Steven Wolin is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the George Washington University Medical School Wife is Sybil Wolin, she is a developmental psychologist Began their work on resilience in the late 80’s
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“the ability to spring back from and adapt successfully to adversity.”
Children at risk can be victims of and may show the following indicators at an early age:
Wolin uses the word ‘resiliencies’ to describe areas of strength that are put into place throughout the struggle with hardships.
Each resiliency develops in stages. The inside ring represents childhood, and moves outward to adolescence and adulthood.
Childhood- resilience's are unformed behaviours
Adolescence- behaviours sharpen and are deliberate
Adults- behaviours deepen, becoming a part of the self
This model grew out of the Wolin’s research with people who lead satisfying lives despite challenges and hardships in Childhood.
In the Challenge Model, two forces are at work as children interact with the troubles in their lives. Interweaving arrows represent the interplay. Troubles are seen as a danger to children and also as an opportunity. Children are vulnerable to the toxic influence of hardship, but they are also challenged to rebound from harm by experimenting, branching out, and developing their own resources. Over time, these self-protective behaviours develop into strengths called resiliencies.
Sarah Porter -There are certain strengths that Sarah is struggling with, causing her failure in school-It is not mentioned as to whether or not Sarah is struggling at home with tough issues, we just assume that her behaviour is due to lack of academic challenges in the classroom-Recommendations to meet Sarah’s needs:o Provide opportunity for more social bonding between classmateso Set boundaries that are clear and consistento Allow opportunities for Sarah to participate in activities that are meaningful to hero This, along with caring and support should help Sarah to feel more motivatedo Ultimately, it will provide her with set boundaries and expectations to abide by that may influence her to be more incorporated in the classroom
-Gonzalez, J. (2000). Resiliency in Children and Families. 11.