Family resilience: defining the concept from a humanist perspective

TitleFamily resilience: defining the concept from a humanist perspective
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsGauvin-Lepage J, Lefebvre H, Malo D
JournalInterdisciplinary Journal of Family Studies
Date Published12/2014
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2282-2011
Keywordsdefinition., family resilience, humanist perspective

Resilience has long been a topic of study in various fields, and in recent decades many researchers and clinicians have focused on the literature dealing with family resilience, specifically the resilience of parents with children who have suffered a trauma. Since there are many different definitions of family resilience which have evolved over time and vary between fields, it is imperative for researchers working in this field to develop their own definition or, at the very least, to clearly specify the definition being used. This article presents a definition of resilience inspired by empiricism and based on a humanist perspective. First, the origins and definitions of the concept will be presented, followed by an examination of family resilience within the framework of an empirical study. Finally, a definition of family resilience will emerge from this study and its pertinence to the development of knowledge in this field will be outlined.