Sample Psychology Essays on Resilience Factors

Resilience Factors

Part A: Resilience Through Domestic Violence

            Children and teens exposed to domestic violence are often affected negatively by that experience, which might hinder their growth and personality development. However, not all young persons are damaged by domestic violence. There are many who become resilient are able to heal from the effects of violence and continue to become successful in life (Promising Futures, 2016). The environment within and around the child determines whether the violence will damage them or otherwise. Components of this environment include the child, the family and the community. Having a supportive family, despite the presence of violent acts as a protective factor, as is having a supportive community (Promising Futures, 2016). The idea here is to give the young person a place and opportunity to take refuge emotionally and psychologically allowing them to process the domestic violence positively. The violence can be directed towards the children, the submissive parent or both (Crann & Barata, 2015). The resilience factor that can greatly assist a child coming from a violent home is having social connections. The social connections give the victim an opportunity to vent out his/her frustrations and resentment. It can also be a source of insight and support. This can prevent the child from developing depression or delinquency behavior later in life.  

            Social connections also assist the child in developing emotional competence, as they deal with different members of the community that have also faced challenges other than violence. The child discovers that he or she is not the only one facing familial problems. He/she also learns that personal effort and a good attitude can make them succeed in life. The extent to which a child is affected by domestic violence is dependent on the context of the home that the child is raised in (Crann & Barata, 2015). Some of the factors that determine how a child is affected include the age of the child, the developmental stage of the child, severity and frequency of the violence, the gender of the child, the role played by the child in the family, the presence or absence of supportive adults in the child’s life and responsiveness of staff and systems put in place to interact with the child. Social connections a resilience factor, as it enables the child or teen to overcome the negative aspects associated with having experienced domestic violence at home. It is not a resource factor, as there are no tangible benefits given or demanded of the victim of domestic violence. This resilience factor can also be used to generalize other family adversities such as having disabled or chronically and terminally ill members.

Part B: Peer Response

            The scenario you describe in the post of a parent suffering from cancer and how the children can cope through the rituals and routines is very insightful. It never would have crossed my mind that a child should be allowed to care for the parent and even accompany the parent to the hospital. This is as a result of being under the impression that parent and child bonding should only take place in happy circumstances and environment. Having the children and spouse come to terms with the impending death of a parent is important just as stated in this post. It saves them from the denial of believing in a future when the patient has recovered, yet a majority of cancer patients end up dying.




Crann, S., & Barata, P. (2015). The Experience of Resilience for Adult Female Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence. Violence Against Women22(7), 853-875.

Promising Futures. (2016). Protective Factors & Resiliency | Promising Retrieved 30 January 2018, from