Not all children who have been abused face mental health problems later in life. How can parents help them build emotional resilience?
Resilience is our ability to thrive even in the face of challenges. The more resilient we are the more we are able to adapt to adverse life situations. While children who face sexual abuse in their childhood are vulnerable to certain mental illnesses, it is by no means the only determining factor. By providing a safe and loving environment, the child’s parents and family can boost the child’s healing, mental wellbeing, and through it, the child’s ability to face adversity through their lives.
As a parent or caregiver to a young child who has experienced abuse, you can help them build resilience: