This course focuses on why some individuals are at high risk for poor developmental outcomes, and why certain individuals fare well despite such risks or adversities. The course has a strong developmental emphasis because resilience is viewed as a process, the results of which may not be manifest for years, that is in reference to stage-related outcomes or competencies. There is an ecological emphasis because protective and vulnerability factors often reside in families, schools, neighborhoods, and communities.
Course Learning Objectives:
- Describe the key concepts and principles of resilience theory and practice in human development and family studies.
- Evaluate divergent views on the definition and operationalization of resilience.
- Explain risk and protective factors at each stage of development from birth to late adulthood.
- Describe personal attributes that influence the odds of resilient functioning.
- Explain how the contexts in which individuals are embedded may shape their adaptation to adversity.
- Explain resilience as involving mutually beneficial, reciprocally influential relations between a person and his or her context.
- Evaluate interventions and policies with and on behalf of children, adolescents, adults, families, and communities from a resilience framework.
- Exhibit effective written communication skills related to risk and resilience across the lifespan.
HDFS 310 (Infant and Child Development in Context) or concurrent registration; HDFS 311 (Adolescent/Early Adult Development in Context) or concurrent registration; Completion of 75 credits minimum
All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment.
If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, you ensure you are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.
Aimee Kleisner Walker
Aimée Kleisner Walker is a member of our HDFS teaching faculty. Dr. Walker teaches both online and on-campus courses across the lifespan. Her research interests include Early childhood and elementary education; Early prevention and family support programs that address inequities among developmental opportunities; Science of teaching and learning in applied human sciences; Parenting across the lifespan.