Handbook of Adult Resilience

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John W. Reich, Alex J. Zautra, John Stuart Hall
Guilford Press, 2012 - Psychology - 540 pages
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The first book to move beyond childhood and adolescence to explore processes of resilience across the lifespan, this cutting-edge volume synthesizes the best current research in the field. Contributors offer a comprehensive examination of resilience at multiple levels of analysis, from genetic and physiological factors through individual, family, and community processes.

Compelling topics include:

  • Whether resilience is best understood as a trait, a dynamic developmental process, an outcome, or all of the above
  • How resilience intersects with health and well-being across the adult life cycle
  • Cross-cultural issues in conceptualization and measurement
  • Ways to enhance adult resilience, including reviews of exemplary programs.

 

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Contents

A New Definition of Health for People and Communities
3
IIBasic Dimensions of Resilience
31
ABiological Dimensions of Resilience
33
2Psychobiological Mechanisms of Resilience to Stress
35
How They Work Together to Promote Resilience
55
BCognitive Affective and Behavioral Models of Resilience
79
4Positive Emotions as a Basic Building Block of Resilience in Adulthood
81
Recovery in the Shadow of Broken Connections
94
Overcoming Neighborhood Disadvantage
283
15Social Support and Growth Following Adversity
309
EOrganizational and Public Policy Dimensions of Resilience
331
16Building Organizational Resilience and Adaptive Management
333
What Are They Why Bother?
350
IIIEthnic and Cultural Dimensions of Resilience
373
Controversies Issues and Emerging Models
375
19Cultural Dimensions of Resilience among Adults
404

6The Resilient Personality
112
7Resilience in Response to Loss
126
When Resilience Resources Are Compromised
146
A Source of Resilience?
171
Religion as a Resilience Factor
193
CResilience across the Lifespan
211
Developmental Perspectives on Resistance Recovery and Transformation
213
12Early Adversity and Resilience in Emerging Adulthood
238
Toward a Lifespan Approach
258
DSocial Dimensions of Resilience
281
IVInterventions for Enhancing Resilience
425
20The Emergence of CapacityBuilding Programs and Models of Resilience
427
Results from Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions
450
Planting the Seeds of Resilience
465
23AssetBased Strategies for Building Resilient Communities
484
Fostering Resilience through Philanthropy
496
Author Index
516
Subject Index
533
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John W. Reich, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University (ASU). His work has focused on the application of social psychological concepts in understanding societal issues and the development of interventions for improving individuals' well-being. Dr. Reich and the other two coeditors are members of the ASU Resilience Solutions Group, which was the source of the development of this handbook. ? Alex J. Zautra, PhD, is Foundation Professor of Clinical Psychology at ASU. His research, clinical work, teaching, and publications explore fundamental mind-body issues such as the role of positive emotion in health and the sources of resilience within the person that restore health and well-being following challenges from stressors at home, at work, and in community life. Dr. Zautra's current research focuses on resilience to chronic pain and resilience as people age. ? John Stuart Hall, PhD, is Professor of Public Affairs and Public Service at ASU. A founder and former Director of ASU's School of Public Affairs and its Center for Urban Studies, and Project Director of over 40 large-scale funded and often interdisciplinary urban research projects, Dr. Hall has specialized in linking the University with pressing community public policy and governance issues. His current research interests include building resilience in communities and urban regions, and healthy aging. ?

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