Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review

, 11:30

Conceptualizing and Re-Evaluating Resilience Across Levels of Risk, Time, and Domains of Competence


DOI: 10.1007/s10567-008-0031-2

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Vanderbilt-Adriance, E. & Shaw, D.S. Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev (2008) 11: 30. doi:10.1007/s10567-008-0031-2


This article examines potential theoretical constraints on resilience across levels of risk, time, and domain of outcome. Studies of resilience are reviewed as they relate to the prevalence of resilience across levels of risk (e.g., single life events vs. cumulative risk), time, and domains of adjustment. Based on a thorough review of pertinent literature, we conclude that resilience, as a global construct, appears to be rare at the highest levels of risk, and that resilience may benefit from a narrower conceptualization focusing on specific outcomes at specific timepoints in development. The implication of this conclusion for future research and intervention efforts is then discussed.


ResilienceChronic riskCompetencePrevalence

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA