Resilience as the ability to bounce back from stress: A neglected personal resource?
The purpose of this study was to examine resilience, as the ability to bounce back from stress, in predicting health-related measures when controlling for other positive characteristics and resources. We assessed resilience, optimism, social support, mood clarity, spirituality, purpose in life, and health-related measures in two large undergraduate samples. In Study 1, resilience was related to both health-related measures (less negative affect and more positive affect) when controlling for demographics and other positive characteristics. In Study 2, resilience was related to all four health-related measures (less negative affect, more positive affect, less physical symptoms, and less perceived stress) when controlling for the other variables. None of the other positive characteristics were related to more than three of the six possible health-related measures when controlling for the other variables. Resilience, as the ability to bounce back, may be an important personal resource to examine in future studies and target in interventions.
Smith, B.W., Erin M. Tooley, E.M. Tooley, Paulette Christopher and Virginia S. Kay. 2010. "Resilience as the ability to bounce back from stress: A neglected personal resource?" Journal of Positive Psychology 5 93):166-176.