Resilience in Couples and Families
Family Resilience refers to the capacity of the family as a functional system to overcome adversity – in response to crisis, trauma, and loss, or in dealing with persistent multistress conditions.
The concept of resilience – the capacity to overcome adversity – has come to the forefront in the mental health field and the social sciences. A growing body of research has expanded our understanding of human resilience from static, individual trait-based models to recognize the dynamic interplay of multilevel systemic processes.
Family resilience refers to relational resilience in the family or couple as a functional unit. A family resilience framework is finding valuable application in clinical and community-based practice and research with a wide range of adverse situations within the family, such as illness, divorce, or death of a loved one, and in collective trauma, such as community violence, major disasters, war-related trauma, and refugee experiences. The...
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