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Adjustment Quick Guide

The Adjustment Quick Guide is for individuals and families who have experienced a major shift in their life – loss or gain – and needs help mentally reframing in order to cope effectively.

The goal of the Adjustment Quick Guide is to provide educational and community resources to help an individual and/or family adjust to changes in their life.


  • In life, change is inevitable and regardless of the change being perceived as positive or negative it will cause some amount of stress. This can be even truer in children who have trouble controlling emotions and already have little control over their own life. Parents/caregivers play an important role in helping their children adjust to new situations as well as teaching them the important skills so that they will be able to handle adjustments throughout their life. For more information, see the Resilience Children Booklet.
  • When a loss occurs, grief is a natural process that everyone experiences. To what extent someone grieves is based on age, innate personality, resilience level, and many others factors. For more information on grief, see the Grief folder.
  • As Veterans transition back into civilian life, they frequently experiences adjustment issues relating. For more information see re-adjustment issues for Veterans.

Although children tend to be resilient and will usually bounce back after a period of adjustment, this is not true for all children and all changes. Sometimes children will experience an adjustment disorder which may lead to a need to seek additional help. For more information, see the adjustment disorder in children document.
Even for well-adjusted individuals too much change can cause high levels of stress that can potentially lead to illness or adjustment difficulties. To determine potential stress levels in individuals, use the Life Changes Stress Test. *This tool should be used just as an indicator and not as a means of diagnosing illness.

For a list of community resources to help with adjustment, see the Adjustment Resource Tool.