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McCubbin, L. (2001) Challenges to the definition of resilience, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (109th, San Francisco, CA, August 24-28, 2001).

In an effort to recognize, define, and measure the capacity of the individual to endure and develop in the context of adverse conditions and to recognize the individual’s ability to recover from adversity, the behavioural sciences have introduced and advanced the construct of resilience. Resilience has become a popular construct encompassing many different variables including personal characteristics, coping processes, the development of other associated constructs such as hardiness and sense of coherence, and risk and protective factors. Resilience has become an umbrella term to cover many aspects of overcoming adversity and adapting to one’s environment. This variability in the application of the construct of resilience has led to some confusion and controversy in the definition and utility of resilience and if it is a valuable construct that can be empirically examined, studied, and utilized in interventions. This paper looks at the question of what resilience is, based on the summarization of extant literature, in order to advance scientific inquiry. (Contains 3 figures and 39 references.)

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