Resilience is the ability to construct and experience positive outcomes amid serious threats to adaptation or development. Resilience commonly refers to an individual’s capacity to adapt or return to a state of functional equilibrium following destabilizing threats. Often, resilience includes the transformation of the system to a new, yet stable, status of functionality. When an individual experiences challenges, such as a communication disorder, and develops patterns of functioning that allow him or her to adapt or rehabilitate, these changes are viewed as resiliency. This entry discusses how resilience is assessed and measured and traces the three waves of resilience research.

Resilience is assessed and measured through a number of data collection and analysis methods. Descriptive and directed interviews have been used to assess resilience as ...

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