A social-clinical psychological statement on resilience: introduction to the special issue Academic Article uri icon


  • Psychological resilience is a relatively young field of empirical inquiry that is currently drawing increasing attention on the part of investigators, theoreticians, and clinicians. It raises questions regarding why some people succumb to life circumstances—acute or chronic—while others survive, and even thrive, under dire circumstances; whether the ability to transcend human stress is an individual quality or the product of benevolent environmental conditions; whether it is a transient or stable trait; and what are the relationships between resilience and risk/vulnerability. This special issue addresses these issues via contributions from authors from diverse backgrounds whose work reflects a variety of research interests and methods. At the basis of all the papers lies a social-clinical psychological perspective which stresses the centrality of person-context exchanges in the stress process.

publication date

  • January 1, 2012