Natural disasters, war, terrorism, and other hazards can devastate communities and greatly impact children’s development. However, some children are better able than others to bounce back from adverse circumstances—they are more resilient. Learning the factors that contribute to resilience and promoting techniques for strengthening those factors can help mitigate the effects of disasters and create stronger communities.
Dr. Ann S. Masten, a distinguished professor at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development, and Coursera, an organization that partners with top universities to provide free online courses, are teaming up to offer a course entitled Resilience in Children Exposed to Trauma, Disaster and War: Global Perspectives. The course, which starts February 2 and runs through April 26, is free and open to the public.