Psychological Resilience

  • Michelle E. Mlinac
  • Tom H. Sheeran
  • Bryan Blissmer
  • Faith Lees
  • Diane Martins


Aging successfully has been held as a goal for older adults (Bowling 2007), yet late life brings its share of troubles that do not always lend themselves to this ideal (Harris 2008). For many elders, simply maintaining stability despite loss is the more achievable aim. Resilience in late life can be conceptualized as the maintenance of physical and psychological health in the face of risk or threats (Mehta et al. 2008). The study of resilience originally developed from the literature on psychopathology (Staudinger et al. 1995), and has grown to incorporate a diverse literature base that includes positive psychology, adult development, and stress and coping. The process of aging itself can lead to development of adaptive coping mechanisms and wisdom, allowing one to meet the demands of later life with strength (Foster 1997). Resilience may well be possible for all older adults, including those with cognitive or emotional impairments.


Depressive Symptom Social Support Life Satisfaction Suicidal Ideation Positive Emotion 
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  • Michelle E. Mlinac
    • 1
  • Tom H. Sheeran
  • Bryan Blissmer
  • Faith Lees
  • Diane Martins
  1. 1.Boston Healthcare SystemHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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