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.
This course can be applied toward:
HDFS 375 (Lifespan Intervention and Prevention Science).
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.
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Ordinary Magic (2014)
Masten, Ann S.
- Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Ed. (2019)
American Psychological Association
- Resilience in Children, Families, and Communities: Linking Context to Policy and Practice (2005)
Peters, D. R., Leadbeater, B., & McMahon, R. J. (Eds.)
NOTE: The E-book version of both textbooks is available for free download through Morgan Library.
Dr. Allyson Brothers
Allyson Brothers is a gerontologist, passionate about understanding the lifelong influences that shape the health and well-being of individuals as they reach late life. She teaches both online and in the physical classroom in the department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS).