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"Resilience: More than a Metaphor"
ALEX J. ZAUTRA Ph.D
Foundation Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University
Thu 26th, March 2009
521B Tobin Hall
We know from anecdote and research, science and art, that human resilience is a powerful, seemingly ubiquitous force. What is needed is a better understanding of the properties, applications, and variations of that concept. In this talk, I offer a road map for future research guided by past and present empirical evidence. I begin by defining Resilience as a natural capacity for sustainability of purpose and recovery from adversity, shaped by social-cultural forces within communities. Using data from a series of studies on chronic pain I illustrate how resilience is more than a metaphor, advocate methods for research on resilience across the life-span, and open discussion of innovative interventions designed to further resilience within people and across communities.