Resilience

Posted by Transition San Diego / on 04/01/2010 / 0 Comments

Human (psychosocial) perspectives have also entered the interdisciplinary and cross-sector discourse on resilience as a dynamic process of adaptation and transformation in the face of adversity. Resilience is defined as a multidimensional construct that refers to "the capacity of individuals, families, communities, and systems or institutions (formal and informal)to anticipate, withstand and/or judiciously engage with catastrophic events and/or experiences, actively making meaning of adversity with the goal of maintaining 'normal' function without fundamentally losing their identity." [3] In this context, resilience is understood as much more than the absence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and measured, at least in part, using the "Sense of Coherence" (SOC) scale across scales and culture/language boundaries.[4]

 

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