Meaning making and resilience

Authored by: Crystal L. Park

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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Resilience refers to bouncing back – returning relatively quickly to one’s pre-trauma levels of mental health or even remaining relatively un-distressed – following a traumatic experience (Bonanno, Brewin, Kaniasty, & La Greca, 2010). Many psychosocial factors that facilitate resilience have been identified, including previous trauma exposure and social support (Bonanno et al., 2010; King et al., 2012). However, much less is known about the actual processes through which people achieve resilience. This chapter takes a meaning-making perspective to illustrate what we know about how people recover their mental health and well-being following traumatic experiences.

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