Global concerns about the consequences of poverty, disasters, political violence, disease, malnutrition, maltreatment, and other threats to human development and well-being have sparked a surge of international interest in resilience science. This article highlights progress and issues in research that aims to understand variations in human adaptation to adverse experiences. Two key questions are considered: Why is a new wave of global research on resilience important for developmental science? and Why is developmental science important for global resilience? The conclusion calls for developmental scientists to engage in international efforts to promote resilience.
The time is ripe for developmental scientists to engage in global activities that foster the well-being and resilience of children. Governmental and nongovernmental organizations around the world, as well as first responders, educators, and other scientists who study human adaptation and resilience, are seeking knowledge, guidance, and partners. We, as developmental scientists, can answer the call. We can show up, bring the best evidence available, and learn to communicate our science across fields and sectors and cultures. We can engage young scholars in these activities to nurture their future engagement as developmental scientists in these collaborative global endeavors. Engaged developmental scientists are not only good for developmental science and its applications in practice or policy, but ultimately important for improving the well-being of children globally and, with these investments, the future well-being of global health and human development.