Please Sign In or Create an account
The secret of resilience: Personality and developmental factors

The secret of resilience: Personality and developmental factors

Resilience refers to successful adaptation despite adversity, ability to overcome hardships and trauma, developmental competencies or even blossoming in harsh conditions. Abundant research is available on the child-family-and society-related factors that enhance resilience in various hardships including parental mental illness, childhood abuse and major trauma of war and terrorism.  In addition to these explanatory factors, it is urgent to understand processes and dynamic mechanisms that underlie the human resilient capacities.

This presentation focuses, first, on the personality as a precondition of resilience by analysing the role of representations of self and significant others, and attachment and temperament styles. The hypothesis is that a goodness-of-fit between the personality and adversity/trauma characteristics may be the secret of resilience rather than the personality itself. Second, we analyse some socioemotional, psychophysiological and interactional processes that contribute to healthy child and life-span development in adverse conditions.

Evidence is reviewed of basic emotion research (recognition, expression and regulation of emotions), cognitive models (attributions and memory) and biological pathways (phenomenon of neural plasticity and integrative brain functions) . Finally, as the aim of resilience research is to encourage healthy development in adverse conditions, we discuss how interventions and preventions can be based on relevant research on resilience .

Conference: Demo
Areas of Interest / Categories: Resilience, War

War

Trauma in War, Trauma in Peace: Human Right to Healing

Trauma Informed Therapeutic Yoga Program for Bhutanese Torture Survivors - A Community Initiative.

STARTTS Masterclass 14 Nov 2018

A continuous recording of the meeting held by STAARTS on Nov 14, 2018

Conversation between Rachel Paran and Yishai Shalif: How faith and spirituality help in coping

In this conversation, Yishai Shalif and Rachel

Coping with chronic adverse experience in childhood and adolescence

The paper is based on a long-standing research and clinical work with children and adolescents who were exposed to chronic adverse circumstances linked to war in ex-Yugoslavia, exile and deteriorated social context and to abuse and/or neglect in family. The main groups of factors influencing the outcome of traumatic experience were: dimensions of traumatic experience, child's own resources, family network and the social context. Emotional and cognitive maturity of the child, high self-esteem, secure attachment, child's ability to use spontaneously natural ways of healing like play, dreams, creative expression, were the most often recognized protective factors, while the history of previous trauma and pre-existing psychopathology were the most important vulnerability factors.

Support strategies for women affected by war-related sexualised violence

Medica Mondiale is an international non-governmental organization who supports women and girls who have been sexually violated during war and civil conflict. It also provides services for women affected by other forms of gender-based violence in post-war and conflict zones. medica mondiale built and supports women’s psychosocial and counselling and training centres in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Liberia and DRCongo and supports small scale psychosocial projects for women affected by violence in Cambodia, East Timor, Iraq, Israel, Nepal, Mexico, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Turkey and Uganda.

Art and Expressive Therapies Group with Assyrian-Chaldean Adolescents

This workshop will present the process and outcomes of therapeutic group intervention for Assyrian-Chaldean  adolescents who experienced dislocation, prolonged exposure to war and associated trauma.