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January 2022

The concept of family resilience: Crisis and challenge

Journal/Book: Fam Process. 1996; 35: PO Box 460, Vernon, NJ 07462. Family Process Inc. 261-281.

Abstract: The concept of resilience, the ability to withstand and rebound from crisis and adversity, has valuable potential for research, intervention, and prevention approaches aiming to strengthen couples and families. Resilience has been viewed as residing within the individual, with the family often dismissed as dysfunctional. This article advances a systemic view of resilience in ecological and developmental contexts and presents the concept of family resilience, attending to interactional processes over time that strengthen both individual and family hardiness. Extending our understanding of normal family functioning, the concept of family resilience offers a useful framework to identify and fortify hey processes that enable families to surmount crises and persistent stresses. There are many pathways in relational resilience, varying to fit diverse family forms, psychosocial challenges, resources, and constraints. Shared beliefs and narratives that foster a sense of coherence, collaboration, competence, and confidence are vital in coping and mastery. Interventions to strengthen family resilience have timely relevance for weathering the rapid social changes and uncertainties facing families today.

Note: Review Walsh F, Univ Chicago, Ctr Family Hlth, 969 E 60TH St, Chicago,IL 60637 USA

Keyword(s): CHILDREN; STRESS; VULNERABILITY; ADAPTATION; MODEL; COMPETENCE; ILLNESS; SYSTEMS; RISK


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