How to assess resilience: Reflections on a measurement model

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During the past century the health of children and adolescents has improved radically in Western industrialised countries due to improvements in nutrition and infection control. Today, however, children and adolescents in Western industrialised countries are more likely to suffer from problems related to mental health concerns such as social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. The chapter will describe the importance of mental health promotion in children and adolescents against the background of the new morbidity. With respect to current knowledge regarding relevant health determinants, the importance of taking health assets into account will be pointed out. Important concepts regarding the interaction of risks and resources in the context of mental health and resilience will also be introduced. In a next step the potential of population-based studies will be outlined and ways to operationalise risks and - most important - assets will be described. To end, an example from our own study will clarify how the theoretical concept of assets and their protective effects can be supported by empirical evidence in order to develop effective public health initiatives that address not only the individual child and its health problems but also its family and the community in which it lives. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.




Wille, N., & Ravens-Sieberer, U. (2010). How to assess resilience: Reflections on a measurement model. In Health Assets in a Global Context: Theory, Methods, Action (pp. 117–143). Springer New York.

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