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Ellen Frank

Covering a Variety of Kinds of Resilience

Posted on September 21, 2011

Ellen Frank (bio) praises SCoRE's coverage of different kinds of resilience.


What I think is really terrific about this curriculum is that it covers multiple, different kinds of resilience. Different young people will come to college with different vulnerabilities, so a curriculum that focuses on cognitive, physical, I would say circadian vulnerabilities, that helps young people to recognize how they think about things, how they react to things, how well they take care of themselves or don't.

Each of these can be important for some young people. They're not all going to be important for all young people, but getting all young people to think about each of these areas I think has the potential to help them identify okay, what do I need to focus on in order to be more resilient and gives them the opportunity to go into those areas in more depth.

So offering a curriculum that gives young people the opportunity to, in essence, have a dialogue with themselves about what their potential is and what their vulnerabilities are, it could be an enormously helpful thing. It has the potential, I think, to really prevent problems that may occur otherwise.

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Excerpted from interview with contributor in May 2011.

 

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    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

    "Learning to be resilient is imperative in life; I don't know how you can go through life as well without it.… I think students will take away fewer scars of failure, rejection, and anxiety because they’ll know how to do things they might not have known had they not taken a course in resilience."

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