Resilience and countering violent extremism

Authored by: Stevan Weine

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 concept of resilience, borrowed from engineering, has been used to underlie a wide spectrum of interventions in the social, psychological, psychosocial, and health domains. It refers to “positive or adaptive outcomes in the presence of some type (or types) of risk, stress, adversity, daily life challenges, or trauma” (Criss, Henry, Harrist, & Larzelere, 2015, p. 4). These include disaster response, violence reduction, and cancer prevention (Aisenberg & Herrenkohl, 2008; Luthar & Goldstein, 2004; McEntire, 2014; Paton, Smith, & Violanti, 2000; Wenzel et al., 2002). In these endeavors, resilience has been used to refer to resilience at one or more of individual, family, community, organization, and societal levels.

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