Resilience: A new integrative approach to health and mental health research

Zautra, Alex J., Hall, John S., & Murray, Kate E. (2008) Resilience: A new integrative approach to health and mental health research. Health Psychology Review, 2(1), pp. 41-64.

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Abstract

We know from anecdote and research, science and art, that human resilience is a powerful, seemingly ubiquitous force. What is needed is a better understanding of the properties, variations, and applications of that concept to health and well-being. In this paper we put forth two definitions of resilience: Sustainability of purpose in the face of stress, and recovery from adversity. We review current thinking in the social sciences on the nature of biological, psychological and socio-community processes that may confer resilience. In doing so, we encourage greater attention to aspects of biopsychosocial resourcefulness as a dimension of influence on health and mental health distinct from measures of risk found in standard models of public health inquiry. Multi-level, longitudinal, and intervention methods are advocated for research and applications of the concept with conceptual guidelines for the examination of laboratory, diary, and community indicator data on manifestations of resilience across the life span.

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ID Code: 87414
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: resilience, health, community, interventions, methods and measurement
DOI: 10.1080/17437190802298568
ISSN: 1743-7199
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Deposited On: 15 Sep 2015 23:50
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2015 03:10

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