Column: Family Crucial Matters. Is resilience relational by nature?

TitleColumn: Family Crucial Matters. Is resilience relational by nature?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsGianesini G
JournalInterdisciplinary Journal of Family Studies
Date Published12/2011
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2282-2011

Resilience is a process of adapting well to trauma, threats, stressful events and life
changes that varies depending on personal characteristics, social relations, coping
strategies, emotion regulation mechanisms as well as physical, biological and genetics
factors. It thus represents a challenge to comprehensively conceptualize it and to
develop a systematic theoretical model compatible with longitudinal assessment
measures of its outcomes. However recent data strongly suggest that resilience entails
qualities involving relational competence and managing both negative and positive
affect. The foundation for future research and empirical studies should, thus, be
further examining the relationship between these constructs and their underlying
structures, and refine resilience measures accounting for changes in its level that
parallel changes in well-being outcomes as effects of trauma or significant changes.