Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Anita Pankake & Sylvia Mendez-Morse
Resiliency or resilience is the ability to “bounce back” from a stressful or traumatic experience. Resiliency has been an issue in psychology and counseling for years. More recently, it has become a topic of increasing interest to educators generally. Discovering what makes an individual resilient and learning how to develop conditions in schools to help students and staff become more resilient are current interests of administrators. In addition, administrators themselves are assessing their own resiliency and trying to find ways to increase their resiliency as the roles of school and district leaders become more and more complex and stressful. The ability to adapt or adjust becomes of particular importance as the research accumulates indicating that those people who are resilient will be more likely to overcome adversity and cope with and/or adapt to change. A major factor in resilient adaptation is good relationships. Investigators have consistently pointed to the critical ...