Resilience, Characteristics of

Resilience is a set of emotional, cognitive, and behavioral skills that are key to establishing good mental health. Resilience is best understood as an individual’s ability to maintain personal and social stability despite adversity. Resilience plays a critical role in our ability to function in society, and research demonstrates it has both preventive and protective roles. A 2013 article by Linda Gilmore, Marilyn Campbell, Ian Shochet, and Clare Roberts states that resilience is particularly important for individuals with intellectual disability because of the challenges they face in relationships, in work, and in general functioning in the world. This entry first discusses the development and functions of resilience, then looks at the challenges faced by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in building resilience and how ...

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