Rob Long

Building Wellbeing and Resilience: How to Help


A complete, straightforward guide to the issues and challenges commonly faced by children and young people as they develop personal wellbeing and resilience – and the practical ways in which parents, carers, teachers and schools can help.



Part of the How to Help series of books exploring issues commonly faced by children and young people at home and at school, Building Wellbeing and Resilience offers a complete introduction to these critical yet frequently misunderstood topics. Often confused with mental health or physical wellness, wellbeing fuses aspects of both and wider elements into a general sense of ‘how we are’. Resilience, meanwhile, is the ability to deal with adversity and move forward. High wellbeing fosters resilience and, in a virtuous circle, resilience is linked to high levels of wellbeing. Exploring these topics along with related issues such as measuring wellbeing, using positive psychology approaches to boost strengths and the impact of neurodiversity, Rob Long considers the importance and impact of wellbeing and resilience at home and in the classroom – and how parents, carers, teachers and schools can help.


ROB LONG is a Chartered Psychologist who provides independent training to teachers and other professionals. He has previously lectured in Psychology and Sociology and worked as an Educational Psychologist for Wolverhampton and Devon Education Authorities. During this time he managed a Behaviour Support Team and supported schools in reviewing their behaviour management policies and practice.


Rob’s main interest is supporting children who face emotional and behavioural difficulties. He is committed to developing an understanding of these children through training and project work, and to providing solutions and practical help to school staff involved with them. He teaches on a distance learning course in Social, Emotional and Mental Health issues run by Oxford Brookes University and the Social, Emotional, Behavioural Difficulties Association (SEBDA). He is also an active member of SEBDA.


ISBN: 9781912755967
Publication: June 2021

Publishers: Pavilion Publishers and Media Ltd

Table of Contents

Series Preface; About the Author;

Author’s Preface; How to Use This Book


Part 1: Introduction

  1. What are wellbeing and resilience?; 2. Wellbeing in context; 3. Wellbeing and development; 4. Issues, evidence and definitions; Ten key things to know about wellbeing and resilience


Part 2: The science of wellbeing

  1. Evidence-based practice; 6. Measuring wellbeing; 7. Wellbeing and positive psychology; 8. How can positive psychology improve wellbeing?; 9. Signature strengths


Part 3: Wellbeing and development

  1. Child and adolescent development; 11. Wellbeing and physical development; 12. Wellbeing and emotional development; 13. Wellbeing and cognitive development; 14. Adolescence and social development


Part 4: Wellbeing at home and in school

  1. Wellbeing and the family; 16. Wellbeing in school; 17. Wellbeing in the classroom; 18. Behaviour and school policies; 19. School transitions and wellbeing


Part 5: Resilience and mental health

  1. Wellbeing for troubled children; 21. Understanding resilience; 22. What can be done to increase resilience?; 23. Building the skills for school success


Part 6: Complex difficulties and disadvantage

  1. Children with complex difficulties; 25. The disability paradox; 26. Abilities and capabilities; 27. Poverty


Part 7: Conclusion and resources

29. Summary; 30. Advice for parents and carers; 31. Advice for teachers; Appendices

About the topic

Wellbeing describes the successful and positive integration of the different elements of a child or young person’s development (e.g. emotional, cognitive, physical, social, moral). It is a measure of a young person’s current state of happiness, health, comfort and overall contentment.


Within wellbeing, emotional wellbeing refers to possessing skills such as self-esteem, optimism and the ability to maintain relationships, while social wellbeing in concerned with the extent to which young people have a sense of belonging to and inclusion with different groups.


Resilience is the ability to cope with, recover from and adjust to adverse life experiences. It is influenced by a range of factors, some specific to the individual and others drawn from the wider environment. It is the ability to work through adversity, adapt, move on and grow.


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