When the Going Gets Tough: Adult Resilience Within an Occupational Setting

  • Alana Juman BlincoeEmail author
  • Christine Grant


This chapter explores the definition of adult Resilience, looking at the meaning and relevance of the term to firefighters. Following a review of historical definitions informed by developmental and clinical psychology, 12 interviews were analysed using Thematic Analysis. Findings suggest firefighters identify and construct their ability to deal with the adverse events they experience in their work roles through coping mechanisms, self-efficacy, and reflective learning. A checklist for qualitative interview research is presented, alongside a definition of adult resilience suitable for application.


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