Date of Award

Spring 5-31-2023

Document Type

Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscript

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice



First Advisor

Martha Grant Fuller, PhD


Background: Having resilience helps children overcome, cope, and manage stressors that they encounter throughout life and provides intrinsically protective factors to help a child thrive in the face of adversity.

Local problem: Children of United States Navy Sea, Air, and Land Operators (SEALs) face consistent stress as their parent is away from home more than 240 days per year doing high-risk training exercises.

Methods: Resilience education to mothers of children whose fathers are United States Navy SEALs delivered virtually on a social media platform. Pre- and post- intervention surveys using the Likert scale were conducted to measure the mothers’ understanding of the resilience before and after the educational intervention.

Intervention: Education covered the importance of building a child’s resilience, the consequences of a child having low resilience, and the benefits of having resilience for a child’s development. Resilience education included evidence-based stress management techniques, exercises to bolster self-efficacy, and the importance of an adult mentor.

Results: Mothers reported improved awareness of the importance of resilience, the effects of resilience on a child’s development, and knowledge of techniques to help a child deal with stress.

Conclusion: This is an approach to providing education that is accessible, time effective, and easy to deploy to a population that may be in multiple geographic locations. Educating parents on how to build resilience to foster skills to manage adversity can improve a child’s overall health outcomes.