The Resilience Doughnut®


A refreshing look at resilience and gives people an action plan.


The Resilience Doughnut® is a useful tool based on international and Australian strengths based research on resilience. It is a refreshing look at resilience and gives people an action plan to increase their own resilience as well as to help others in their care. As we are likely to face different crises in our lives, building resilience is an important process to survive and thrive from these adversities.

Past research has tended to focus on risk factors in the lives of young people who have become involved in health risk behaviours. In other words, efforts have been directed towards trying to understand why certain young people are not resilient. While this notion is popular with professionals working individually with young people, it is not always useful for parents trying to raise their child effectively or lawyers trying to advocate the best interest for the child in a separation battle. Nor does it help the average teacher or school principal who wants to see their students cope with pressures inside and outside of school.

More recently, research has focused on young people who are resilient, despite the adversities they are facing. Australia psychologist Andrew Fuller defines resilience as “the happy knack of being able to bungy jump through the pitfalls of life”.

The Resilience Doughnut is a strengths-based model that helps people build on their existing strengths to develop resilience. It has been widely accepted by parents, teachers, psychologist, GP’s, family lawyers, child magistrates, department of community services, teachers, case workers, social workers and anyone interested in helping people to become more resilient.


The Resilience Doughnut® has two parts:

1. The hole in the middle represents the person’s key beliefs that develop as they build the tools and resources they need to face the world. These beliefs are concerned with three areas:

  • Their awareness of those who support them (who I have)
  • How they view themselves (who I am)
  • The degree of confidence they have in their own abilities (what I can do)

2. The doughnut is comprised of seven sections, each section representing an external factor in the person’s life. When reviewing the research, it was found that these seven factors repeatedly showed up in the lives of resilient people.



The Parent Factor: characteristics of strong and effective parenting.

The Skill Factor: evidence of self-competence.

The Family and Identity Factor: where family identity and connectedness is evident.

The Education Factor: experience of connections and relationships during the learning process.

The Peer Factor: where social and moral development is enhanced through interactions with peers.

The Community Factor: where the morals and values of the local community are transferred and the young person is supported.

The Money Factor: where the young person develops the ability to give as well as take from society through employment and purposeful spending.

The Resilience Doughnut® is a program beneficial for parents, teachers, counsellors, youth workers and anyone who has or who is working with children and teenagers, and would like to enrol them for further development of their resilience.

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