Resilience and mental health: Challenges across the lifespan

Steven M. Southwick, Brett T. Litz, Dennis Charney, Matthew J. Friedman

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Humans are remarkably resilient in the face of crises, traumas, disabilities, attachment losses and ongoing adversities. To date, most research in the field of traumatic stress has focused on neurobiological, psychological and social factors associated with trauma-related psychopathology and deficits in psychosocial functioning. Far less is known about resilience to stress and healthy adaptation to stress and trauma. This book brings together experts from a broad array of scientific fields whose research has focused on adaptive responses to stress. Each of the five sections in the book examines the relevant concepts, spanning from factors that contribute to and promote resilience, to populations and societal systems in which resilience is employed, to specific applications and contexts of resilience and interventions designed to better enhance resilience. This will be suitable for clinicians and researchers who are interested in resilience across the lifespan and in response to a wide variety of stressors.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages366
ISBN (Electronic)9780511994791
ISBN (Print)9780521898393
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011


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