Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Resilience in Couples and Families

  • Froma WalshEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_590


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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chicago Center for Family Health and Firestone Professor EmeritaThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sean D. Davis
    • 1
  1. 1.California School of Professional PsychologyAlliant International UniversitySacramentoUSA