Building Greater Resilience

Building Greater Resilience

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Resilience in Students, their Parents, and Young Adults [PDF]

Findings show that although children start off as highly resilient, they experience a sharp decline in resilience through their early pre-teen years (11-13) that continues through age 23.

Fact Sheet [PDF]

The Cigna Resilience Index found that resilience is at risk in three in five Americans surveyed, and it uncovered key drivers of resilience: exposure to diversity, social connectivity, and mental and physical health.

Resilience in the Workforce [PDF]

Resilience levels decline from full-time to part-time to furloughed to laid-off workers, but nearly 2/3rds of full-time workers are at risk of not being able to overcome challenges.

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How to build resilience: Grow Forth

Based on study findings, GROW FORTH: A Cigna Approach to Building Greater Resilience offers a new framework to help you G.R.O.W. in the face of challenges through four simple steps.


Learn how to build your resilience [Video]

Cigna’s approach to building greater resilience [PDF]

Cigna Resilience Index: 2020 U.S. Report

This in-depth report of the Cigna Resilience Index, the largest U.S. survey of resilience1, examines the ability of students, their parents and working adults to recover from challenges.

Learn more about the impacts of low resilience and ways to build resilience [PDF]

Read the whitepaper from our lead researchers [PDF]

1 Largest U.S. survey of resilience using the CYRM and ARM scales

Did you know

Did you know?

Young adults are most at risk for low levels of resilience

Young adults (ages 18-23) have the lowest levels of resilience of all age cohorts surveyed, with four out of five displaying lower propensity for resilience than the average adult. Low resilience is linked to worse performance at work and in the classroom, feelings of low self-worth and self-esteem and poor physical and mental health.

Exposure to diversity builds resilience

Children, young adults and parents with racial and socio-economically diverse communities and friendships are significantly more likely to be resilient. Additional factors that help build resilience are good physical and mental health, social connectivity and support, and access to resources.

Only 37 percent of full-time workers are considered highly resilient

Two thirds of full-time workers (63%) have low to moderate resilience levels. This has implications for business – low resilience is connected to low job satisfaction and performance, higher likelihood of turnover, and an inability to cope.

Technology has a role to play in building resilience

Using workplace technology (ex. video calls) plays a role in keeping workers engaged and is correlated to higher levels of resilience amongst working adults. Children who have regular, good-quality, affordable access to the internet are also more likely to be resilient.

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We are here to help

Access to the right resources and the ability to navigate to them is key to maintaining and building resilience. Our resources expand services and support to help school communities, organizations and companies better care for individuals’ emotional and physical health during COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.


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