Resilience: research evidence and conceptual considerations for posttraumatic stress disorder
Article first published online: 4 AUG 2006
© 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Depression and Anxiety
Volume 24, Issue 2, pages 139–152, 2007
How to Cite
Hoge, E. A., Austin, E. D. and Pollack, M. H. (2007), Resilience: research evidence and conceptual considerations for posttraumatic stress disorder. Depress. Anxiety, 24: 139–152. doi: 10.1002/da.20175
- Issue published online: 23 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 4 AUG 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 JAN 2006
- Manuscript Revised: 17 NOV 2005
- Manuscript Received: 17 JUN 2005
- posttraumatic stress disorder;
The growing recognition and occurrence of traumatic exposure in the general population has given increased salience to the need to understand the concept of resilience. More than just the “flip side” of a risk factor, the notion of resilience encompasses psychological and biological characteristics, intrinsic to an individual, that might be modifiable and that confer protection against the development of psychopathology in the face of stress. In this review, we provide some perspective on the concept of “resilience” by examining early use of the term in research on “children at risk” and discuss the relationship between risk and resilience factors. We then review psychological and biological factors that may confer resilience to the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following trauma, examine how resilience has been assessed and measured, and discuss issues to be addressed in furthering our understanding of this critical concept going forward. Depression and Anxiety 24:139–152, 2007. © 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.