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The Resilience Scale: Using Metaphor to Communicate a Developmental Perspective on Resilience

How can we talk about resilience in a way that disrupts people's assumption that it's all about inner strength and just a matter of "bouncing back?"
Nathaniel Kendall-Taylor
May 9, 2012

This report presents “The Resilience Scale” as an explanatory metaphor that helps people reason about the concept of resilience: why some children end up OK in the face of negative experiences and environments early on in life. Helping the public to understand the processes of resilience is a key part of telling the core story of Early Childhood Development. The report details the results of an iterative methodology undertaken to design and test this explanatory metaphor.