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George A Bonanno

Professor of clinical psychology
Teachers College, Columbia University
Loss, Trauma, and Resilience: From Heterogeneity to Flexibility
Presentation Abstract :

Psychological resilience has become a popular concept, and as a result has taken on myriad and often overlapping meanings. To be a useful framework for psychological research and theory, Bonanno et al. (2015) argued that the study of resilience must explicitly reference each of four constituent temporal elements: (a) baseline or pre-adversity functioning, (b) the actual aversive circumstances, (c) post-adversity resilient outcomes, and (d) predictors of resilient outcomes. To illustrate these elements, I described research from my lab using latent trajectory modeling to identity prototypical trajectories of outcome, including the most common trajectory, the resilience. We observed these trajectories in response to a range of PTEs, including bereavement, terrorist disaster, military combat, spinal cord injury, bio-epidemic, and cancer surgery. I will also describe our research on predictors of the resilience trajectory and devote particular attention to our research on various components of flexibility in coping and emotion regulation, as well as other resilience-promoting factors.


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