Supporting evidence

This post is for anyone who still thinks that what’s best for our kids is to protect and rescue them from all sadness, struggle, and failure. I’m happy to report, the evidence is in!

A little adversity goes a long way

U. BUFFALO (US) — New research adds credence to the adage ‘whatever doesn’t kill us makes us stronger,’ a well-known saying, that until now has had little scientific evidence to support it.

A national multi-year longitudinal study of the effects of adverse life events on mental health has found that adverse experiences really do in fact appear to foster subsequent adaptability and resilience, with resulting advantages for mental health and well being.

Details will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

The team also found that … people with a history of some lifetime adversity appeared less negatively affected by recent adverse events than other individuals … the evidence is consistent with the proposition that in moderation, experiencing lifetime adversity can contribute to the development of resilience. … [via]

So next time you feel the guilt of not rescuing your child, and strangers give you that “aren’t-you-going-to-do-something” look, remember that science has your back!

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