The Resilience Activation Framework: a Conceptual Model of How Access to Social Resources Promotes Adaptation and Rapid Recovery in Post-disaster Settings

  • David M. Abramson
  • Lynn M. Grattan
  • Brian Mayer
  • Craig E. Colten
  • Farah A. Arosemena
  • Ariane Bedimo-Rung
  • Maureen Lichtveld
Article

Abstract

A number of governmental agencies have called for enhancing citizens’ resilience as a means of preparing populations in advance of disasters, and as a counterbalance to social and individual vulnerabilities. This increasing scholarly, policy, and programmatic interest in promoting individual and communal resilience presents a challenge to the research and practice communities: to develop a translational framework that can accommodate multidisciplinary scientific perspectives into a single, applied model. The Resilience Activation Framework provides a basis for testing how access to social resources, such as formal and informal social support and help, promotes positive adaptation or reduced psychopathology among individuals and communities exposed to the acute collective stressors associated with disasters, whether human-made, natural, or technological in origin. Articulating the mechanisms by which access to social resources activate and sustain resilience capacities for optimal mental health outcomes post-disaster can lead to the development of effective preventive and early intervention programs.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David M. Abramson
    • 1
  • Lynn M. Grattan
    • 2
  • Brian Mayer
    • 3
  • Craig E. Colten
    • 4
  • Farah A. Arosemena
    • 6
  • Ariane Bedimo-Rung
    • 5
  • Maureen Lichtveld
    • 6
  1. 1.National Center for Disaster Preparedness & Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.School of MedicineUniversity of MarylandBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.College of Social and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  4. 4.Department of Geography and AnthropologyLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA
  5. 5.School of Public HealthLouisiana State University Health Sciences CenterNew OrleansUSA
  6. 6.School of Public Health and Tropical MedicineTulane UniversityNew OrleansUSA

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