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Helping Your Child Build Inner Strength - What Barriers Can Affect Inner Strength?

Research shows that some children are more likely to have problems building inner strength. They may have risk factors, such as being in certain situations, having certain medical conditions, or having certain personalities, that make it harder for them to be resilient. But the more parents understand about these risk factors, the better they will be able to help their children learn how to cope.

Internal risk factors

Internal risk factors are part of a child's personality or health history. Examples include:

  • Hyperactivity.
  • Concentration problems.
  • Problems with learning.
  • Serious illness.

External risk factors

External risk factors are in the family, schools, and community. Examples include:

  • Poverty.
  • Parents with severe marital problems.
  • Remarriage of parents.
  • Moving to a new town.
  • Overcrowded classrooms.
  • Bullying.
  • High crime rate in the neighborhood.

A counselor or therapist can help you and your child learn healthy ways to cope with stress.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 18, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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