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Resilience Interventions

Published:April 19, 2013DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apnu.2013.03.003
      As psychiatric mental health practitioners and researchers we are all well aware of the complex nature of resilience. We can identify when our patients are resilient, and we teach them strategies to enhance their resilience. Yet we also know that resilience is a complex phenomenon (
      • Earvolino-Ramirez M.
      Resilience: A concept analysis.
      ,
      • Fitzpatrick J.J.
      Resilience.
      ,
      • Gillespie B.M.
      • Chaboyer W.
      • Wallis M.
      Development of a theoretically derived model of resilience through concept analysis.
      ). What makes some people resilient when confronted with trauma or an extremely stressful event?
      • Southwick S.M.
      • Charney D.S.
      provide many excellent examples of how we can practice resilience on an individual, group (family and work group), and community level. Each of their suggestions are based on years of research, their own and that of others. What do we know from the research? What are some ways to help develop resilience?
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