About this Research Topic
Children and adolescents face many challenges in today’s fast changing society and constantly have to overcome increasing levels of adversity in order to achieve success. Unfortunately, difficulties in coping with emotional and social demands during development can have a negative impact on their ability to do so. This can result in impaired school achievements and lowered self-esteem, causing depression and anxiety whose consequences may persist into adulthood. Enhancing the ability of young people to cope with adversity by training in resilience skills has been the objective of several interventions and programs in the past years.
Resilience programs promote the development of protective and preventive factors, both at a personal and social level, that can help to overcome socio-emotional challenges in a positive and adaptive way. Past work has shown the importance of training resilience of youth by leveraging on relevant activities they typically perform in formal and informal learning environments. However, most research programs have focused on fostering social factors, such as family and school relationships, while fewer studies have analysed the role of personal factors and digital health interventions in improving the resilience and coping skills of youth. More research is needed to understand the efficacy of evidence-based resilience programs in promoting mental well-being in youth, both in the short and long term.
This Research Topic welcomes scientific contributions, including original research, reviews, case studies, theoretical reflections and perspectives on the field of resilience interventions for youth. We welcome evidence-based research studies, including but not limited to:
• studies using observational design, describing resilience, coping skills, mental and physical well-being of children, adolescents and young adult
• studies using interventional design, investigating the efficacy and implementation challenges of resilience programs targeting children, adolescents and young adults in formal and informal settings
• public health interventions for resilience training and mental health promotion
• interdisciplinary research including psychiatry, psychology, public health, technology enhanced education, digital health, among others
• innovative perspectives that contribute to advance the efficacy and sustainability of resilience interventions for youth coming from different social and cultural communities.
Keywords: Resilience, Coping, Youth, Behavioral Change, Mental Well-being, Digital Health
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