An easy way to conceptualize the term resilient is defined by Berger (2008). Berger (2008) refers to resilience “as the capacity to adapt well to significant adversity and to overcome serious stress”. According to Berger (2008) there are three parts to this definition: resilience is dynamic, it is a positive adaptation to stress, and adversity must be significant. In regards to Berger’s first part, it is apparent that resilience is dynamic. In one article, a 14-year old girl was described as living absent from her institutionalized mother, and because of this she was responsible for taking care of her younger siblings and alcoholic father (Alvord & Grados, 2005).
Results of a longitudinal study concluded that although she should have formed an avoidant relationship with a future partner, she went on to form a secure and long lasting marriage. The article questions if she was good at coping (resilient) or was she invulnerable? Second part to Berger’s definition is the fact that resilience is a positive adaptation to str. . 000-2-7Kim-Cohen, J.
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