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Books for Adults

The following selection of reader-friendly books provides a good start for learning more about promoting resilience in ourselves and the children around us.

The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life's Hurdles
Karen Reivich & Andrew Shatté. 2002. New York: Broadway Books.
This highly recommended book presents a more in-depth discussion of the resiliency skills presented in RIRO skills training.

The Optimistic Child
Martin Seligman with Karen Reivich, Lisa Jaycox, & Jane Gillham. 1995. New York: Houghton Mifflin.
A world-renowned researcher and his colleagues discuss ways we can support children's optimism and resilience.

Learned Optimism
Martin Seligman. 1990. New York: Pocket Books.
The author presents an engaging description of the early research on learned helplessness and its evolution into ways we can promote an optimistic explanatory style and support resilience.

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