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Via 100 entries, 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of psychology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume reference resource, available both in print and online, provides an authoritative source to serve students’ research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but without the jargon, detail, or density found in a typical journal article or a research handbook chapter. Students will find chapters contained within these volumes useful as aids toward starting research for papers, presentations, or a senior thesis, assisting in deciding on areas for elective coursework or directions for graduate studies, or orienting themselves toward potential career directions in psychology.

Resilience
Resilience
Every live thing is a survivor. — Annie Dillard

In this chapter, we introduce you to resilience, a recent and promising concept in the field of psychology. Given the burgeoning number of studies and therapeutic applications based on this concept, resilience is likely to play an increasing role in 21st-century psychology. Both researchers and practitioners are discovering that most human beings are remarkably hardy. We summarize the surprising findings on the resilience of survivors who have endured such traumas as sexual assault, school violence, combat, and natural disasters. We also discuss the implications of resilience research for using psychological interventions that uncover strengths, identify coping abilities, and promote resolve.

Resilience comes from the Latin word resilire (“recoil”). To resile literally means to bounce back, rebound, or ...

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