What is the theory behind this Protective factors mental health worksheet?
Protective factors are the characteristics that can help an individual to be resilient in front of a stressor or stressful situation. It could be a skill, a certain quality or even a supportive person or a social group. Having awareness of one’s protective factors can also benefit the therapeutic process as the client will be able to improve their mental health.
How will the worksheet help?
This worksheet will help to create insight into one’s protective factors by making them recall the tactics with which they overcame a previous challenge in life. It will help them utilise those skills to deal with the present issues. Focusing on protective factors can help in shifting the focus to the things that have worked out in the past instead of focusing on the things that did not.
How to use this worksheet?
This worksheet contains a list of questions. The client is required to read and write their responses below. They can use this worksheet as a day-to-day reminder of their protective factors. Once the clients complete it, discuss the responses with them, and ask them to keep it with them.
Protective factors mental health worksheet
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Sharma, S., Mustanski, B., Dick, D., Bolland, J., & Kertes, D. A. (2019). Protective Factors Buffer Life Stress and Behavioral Health Outcomes among High-Risk Youth. Journal of abnormal child psychology, 47(8), 1289–1301.
You can download this worksheet here.