Protective Factors serve as buffers that help families cope, achieve, and thrive, even during times of stress. They are the cornerstones upon which to build healthy environments for children and families.
the five protective factors
- parental resilience: developing the ability to cope and bounce back from life’s challenges
- knowledge of parenting and child development: receiving accurate information about raising young children, and learning appropriate and effective strategies to gauge expectations and set limits on child behaviors
- social connections: engaging friends, family members, neighbors, and others in the community who may provide emotional support and assistance
- concrete support in times of need: accessing life essentials such as food, clothing, and housing when there is an immediate need
- social and emotional development of children: fostering a child’s ability to interact positively with others and communicate his or her emotions appropriately