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The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Resilience

Edited By Updesh Kumar Copyright 2017
    520 Pages
    by Routledge

    520 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Psychological resilience has emerged as a highly significant area of research and practice in recent years, finding applications with a broad range of different groups in many settings. Contemporary discourse is not limited to ways of effective coping with adversity but also introduces mechanisms that can lead to enhanced capacity after dealing with difficult circumstances and recognises the importance of enriching the field with varied perspectives. The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Resilience is a comprehensive compendium of writings of international contributors that takes stock of the state-of-the-art in resilience theory, research and practice.

    The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Resilience covers the many different trajectories that resilience research has taken in four parts. Part One delineates the ‘Conceptual Arena’ by providing an overview of the current state of theory and research, exploring biological, psychological, and socio-ecological perspectives and discussing various theoretical models of personal and social resilience. The ‘Psychosocial Correlates’ of resilience are discussed further in Part Two, from personal and personality correlates, socio-environmental factors and the contextual and cultural conditions conducive to resilient behaviour. In Part Three, ‘Applied Evidences’ are introduced in order to build upon the theoretical foundations in the form of several case studies drawn from varied contexts. Examples of resilient behaviour range from post-disaster scenarios to special operation groups, orphaned children, and violent extremism. Finally, Part Four, ‘Proposed Implications and Resilience Building’, sums up the issues involved in discussing post-traumatic growth, wellbeing and positive adaptation in the varied contexts of personal, familial, organizational and societal resilience.

    The volume provides a comprehensive overview of resilience theory, practice and research across disciplines and cultures, from varied perspectives and different populations. It will be a key reference for psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists and psychiatric social workers in practice and in training as well as researchers and students of psychology, sociology, human development, family studies and disaster management. 

    Foreword Preface Section I –Conceptual Arena 1. Psychological Resilience: A Conceptual Review of Theory and Research 2. Resilience: An Overall View in the Indian Scenario 3. Conceptual Complexity of Resilience: Synergy Approach to Measurement 4. Three Factor Model of Personal Resiliency 5. A Social Ecological Approach to Understanding Resilience among Rural Youth 6. Universality of Challenge-Resilience-Resourcefulness Model 7. Role of Genetics and Temperament in Resilience Section II – Psychosocial Correlates 8. Resilient Personality: An Amalgamation of Protective Factors 9. Hardiness as a Pathway to Resilience Under Stress 10. Collective Resilience and Social Support in the Face of Adversity- Evidence From Social Psychology 11. The Applied Metatheory of Resilience and Resiliency 12. The Resilience Processes of Black South African Young People: A Contextualised Perspective 13. Emotion Flexibility and Psychological Risk and Resilience 14. Meaning Making and Resilience 15. Spiritual Intelligence: A core Ability behind Psychosocial Resilience Section III – Applied Evidences 16. Resilience and Countering Violent Extremism 17. Medical and Social Models of Orphanhood: Resilience of Adopted Children and Adoptive Families 18. Spirituality and Resilience: Explored Pathways and Unexplored Territories 19. Posttraumatic Growth amongst Refugee Populations. A Systematic Review 20. Community-Level Resiliency Intervention in a Post-Disaster Environment: The Importance of Information 21. United States Special Operations Command: Reducing Risk by Fostering Resiliency 22. Experience of Terrorist Threat among Urban Population in Russia: PTSD and Resilience 23. Martyrdom as a Result of Psychosocial Resilience: The Case of Palestinian Suicide Terrorists 24. The Impact of Resilience on Our Ability to Survive, Adapt and Thrive Section IV – Proposed Implications and Resilience Building 25. Resilience and Vulnerability in Coping with Stress and Terrorism 26. Posttraumatic Growth: A Pathway to Resilience 27. Spirituality, Culture and Resilience: A Virtue-Informed Approach to Well-Being 28. Building Resilience by Teaching and Supporting the Development of Social Emotional Skills and Wellness in Vulnerable Children 29. Leader Influences on Resilience and Adaptability in Organizations 30. Promoting Children's Resilience by Strengthening Parenting Practices in Families under Extreme Stress: The Parent Management Training-Oregon Model 31. Family Resilience: Positive Psychology Approach to Healthy Family Functioning 32. Building Resilient Organization: Introspection through the Lens of Psychological Resiliency 33. Architects of Our Own Survival: Can Authorities Empower Individuals and Communities by Building Resilience through Self-Reliance in the Face of Impending Seasonal Natural Disasters? 34. The Concept of Resilience in the Context of Counterterrorism 35. Diffusing Portable Radiation Detectors among First Responders: Device Acceptance and Implications for Community Resilience 36. The Use of Resilience Indicators to Assist in the Selection of Personnel for Employment in Classified and Covert Environments 37. Psychological Preparedness, Combat Performance and Resilience About the Editor and Contributors


    Updesh Kumar, Ph.D., is Scientist ‘G’ and Head of the Mental Health Division at Defense Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR), R & D Organization (DRDO), Ministry of Defense, Delhi, India. His previous books include Suicidal Behaviour: Underlying Dynamics (Routledge, 2015) and he is the recipient of the DRDO’s Scientist of the Year Award, granted by the Indian Government