What Is Resilience?

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COURSE: PSYC 3003 – COMMUNITY & ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

DATE SUBMITTED: 21ST FEBRUARY, 2014

What is resilience?

Resiliency is catching on, the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress, an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. Resilience can be defined in many different ways some of which include;
* Overcoming adversity; Being at risk, yet successful; A process, not a static variable (Rutter)
* A pattern of positive adaptation in the context of past or present adversity (Wright & Masten, 2005).
* A set of inner resources, social competencies, and cultural strategies that permit individuals to not only survive, but recover, or even thrive after stressful events, but also to draw from the experience to enhance subsequent functioning (Stanton-Salazar & Spina, 2000).
* Resilience in childhood is defined as typical development in the face of adverse circumstances that propel others to deleterious outcomes (Deater-Deckard, Ivy, & Smith, 2005).
* Resilience itself could be seen as the process of, capacity for, or outcome of successful adaptation in the face of challenging or threatening circumstances (Veselksa, Geckova, Orosova, Gajdosova, van Dijk, & Reijneveld, 2008).
Psychological resilience is an individual's ability to cope with stress and adversity. This coping can result in the individual "bouncing back" to a previous state of normal functioning, or simply not showing negative effects. (Masten, 2009) Resilience is most commonly understood as a process, and not a trait of an individual. Resilience is best understood as a process. It is often mistakenly assumed to be a trait of the individual, an idea more typically referred to as "resiliency." Most research now shows that resilience is the result of individuals…...

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