The reason children grow up to be more resilient adults has been revealed in a new study by Yale University.
Parents set their kids up with better bounce-back skills by encouraging “diverse and positive connections outside the home,” says Dr Tammie Kwong lead author of the research.
Activities such sport and community volunteer projects foster “sense of belonging and attachment, and offer important opportunities to learn healthy adaptive responses to adverse experiences,” Dr Kwong said.
The findings show families can lessen the impact of adverse events such as divorce, death and family violence, “one in three children aged 12 to 17 are flourishing despite facing three or more adverse events,” says the report.
The key difference is the time they spend engaged in activities outside of the home.