The Five Strengths

Multiple families playing with their children in a park

Research shows all families benefit when they have these 5 Strengths. Learn more about them and explore ways to build these 5 Strengths within your daily life. The 5 Strengths encourage you to…

  • Take small but significant steps
  • Involve your family and friends
  • Try new things as your needs change
  • Discover what works for your family

The Five Strengths are also called Protective Factors.

“The Five Strengths” were actually developed from academic concepts called the five “Protective Factors”. The Five Strengths are exactly the same as the five Protective Factors, except that the language of the Strengths is designed to be more family friendly. As you are exploring the Strengths further, you will find more information and resources if you search for the term “Protective Factors” outside of this website. You might also meet parents who are more familiar with “Protective Factors” than they are with “The Five Strengths”.

Helping Kids Understand Feelings

Social & Emotional Competence of Children

Parenting as Children Grow

Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development

Connecting with Others

Social Connections

Building Inner Strength

Parental Resilience

Knowing How to Find Help

Concrete Support in Times of Need