ResilienceNet provides the single, most comprehensive world-wide source of current, reviewed information about human resilience. The Web sites with resilience resources that are cited in ResilienceNet have been reviewed by a panel of experts according to a set of criteria for assuring the relevance and quality of the sites. If there is a Web site that you would like to submit for review by the ResilienceNet review panel for possible inclusion on ResilienceNet, please send a note with the name and URL of the site to the ResilienceNet Webmaster. If you think that any site listed on ResilienceNet is no longer appropriate or of sufficient quality to be included, please inform the ResilienceNet Webmaster.
Resilience is defined as the "human capacity and ability to face, overcome, be strengthened by, and even be transformed by experiences of adversity."
ResilienceNet brings together information available through the Internet and conventional published sources about the development and expression of human resilience. Although we endeavor to cover all aspects of resilience, ResilienceNet focuses on resilience in children, youth, and families. Additional topics, especially as they impact on children, youth, and families, are included as well, such as:
- resilience of communities
- resilience and life-long physical and mental health
- resilience related to culture, ethnicity, and gender
- children and adults at risk
ResilienceNet provides information about resilience in the following forms:
- Comprehensive bibliographies of the resilience literature, drawn from psychology, education, medicine, and relevant articles and descriptions of programs found in the popular literature.
- Descriptions of and links to web sites containing information about resilience.
- The full texts of selected publications focused on resilience, drawn from Internet sources; some of these are available only from ResilienceNet; others are available from various Web sites and other sources; in all cases, sources are cited.
- Tips on promoting resilience in everyday life settings.
- Additional kinds or information, including a list of institutions conducting research on resilience, a calendar for conferences featuring presentations on resilience topics, and information about an electronic discussion list (or listserv) called RESILIENCE-L.
ResilienceNet also includes a search engine for your use in searching the contents of this site.
ResilienceNet seeks to serve the following audiences:
These are persons seeking to extend knowledge about the development and expression of resilience. Persons responsible for the evaluation of resilience-promoting efforts are included in this category as well.
Included in this audience are persons responsible for or those who provide services to others, regardless of the ages or other characteristics of their clients. Included are child-care providers, psychologists, social workers, social scientists, and educational, medical, and religious personnel.
- Parents and Other Adults
This audience includes parents who are seeking information on ways to promote resilience in their children as well as adults who want to strengthen their own resilience capacity.
- Children and youth
This potential audience includes any one under the legal age for adulthood who can access the Internet and may be looking for information on resilience.