The Applied Metatheory of Resilience and Resiliency

Authored by: Glenn E. Richardson

The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Resilience

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138954878
eBook ISBN: 9781315666716
Adobe ISBN: 9781317355946


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The Metatheory of Resilience and Resiliency (MRR) (Richardson, 2002a) provided a theoretical foundation upon which educational and counseling interventions could be built. The assumption with the MRR is that people can be taught and have the agency to become more resilient. Some confusion exists within the study of resiliency in that some resilience professionals are studying the discovery pathway of resilience inquiry and others are attempting to educate and counsel people along the applied resilience pathway. The intent of this chapter is to first distinguish between the discovery pathway of resiliency inquiry and the applied pathway of resiliency inquiry. The chapter will then focus on the five waves of applied resiliency inquiry, which includes:

Identification of resilient qualities

The resiliency journey or process

Resilient drives

Resonation and quickening


The chapter concludes with a discussion of the assumptions necessary for helping those that professionals serve.

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