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Stressful times are an opportunity to teach children resilience

The Conversation – Vanessa LoBue |

“As a developmental psychologist and researcher on anxiety and fear in infants and young children, I have been particularly concerned about the impact of the pandemic on young people’s mental health. Many have not physically been in school since March. They’re isolated from friends and relatives. Some fear that they or loved ones will contract the virus; they may be hurt in racial violence or violence at home – or they might lose their home in a wildfire or flood. These are very real life stressors. Decades of research have documented serious consequences from chronic stress in childhood. But psychologists have identified ways in which parents teach children how to cope with adversity – an idea commonly known as resilience.”

Vanessa LoBue

Vanessa LoBue is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University Newark