How a child handles stress during a disruption

Many factors play into how a child handles stress; the following list describes some of the most important.3

• The child's biological make-up (temperament, genes)

• How often a disruption or major life change occurs

• If the child experiences trauma during these changes

• Other positive relationships in a child's life

• If there were major changes in other parts of a child's life

• Support from friends and neighbors

• Contact with siblings and other positive family members

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