Academic Research

Resilience Research Centre The Pathways to Resilience Research Project (PTR) is a series of studies that began in Canada in 2007 with funding from the National Crime Prevention Centre, and will continue until 2014 with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the International Development Research Centre and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The project integrates both quantitative and qualitative research methods to examine service use patterns, personal and ecological risk factors, and aspects of resilience of youth across different cultures, contexts, and with complex service histories. The PTR now includes partners in at least five countries: Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Colombia, and China.

Youth “crime” and “resilience”: Exploring Community Stakeholder’s Perspective

How Resilience Works “Confronted with hardships, some people snap and others snap back,” by Diane Coutu, Harvard Business Review

Coping Changes the Brain  One of the earliest and most consistent findings in behavioral neuroscience research is that learning changes the brain. Here we consider how learning as an aspect of coping in the context of stress exposure induces neuroadaptations that enhance emotion regulation and resilience.

Trauma and Resilience  “we wish to broaden the scope of the understanding of the consequences of extreme or severe traumatisation. We have chosen a conceptual frame where the terms resilience and depletion/devitalisation reflect different courses in posttraumatic development, and which underscores the traumatized person’s vulnerability and dependence on the environment especially for giving adequate responses to the complex and often enigmatic and contradictory messages emerging in a therapeutic or other contexts, expected to represent helping relationships.

Why Positive Psychology is Necessary  The authors provide a definition of positive psychology and suggest that psychologists should try to cultivate a more appreciative perspective on human nature. Examples are given of a negative bias that seems to pervade much of theoretical psychology, which may limit psychologists’ understanding of typical and successful human functioning. Finally, a preview of the articles in the special section is given.

The Role of Positive Emotions in Positive Psychology In this article, the author describes a new theoretical perspective on positive emotions and situates this new perspective within the emerging field of positive psychology.

Forgiveness is an emotion-focused coping strategy that can reduce health risks and promote health resilience: theory, review and hypotheses. Experimental evidence suggests that when people are transgressed against interpersonally, they often react by experiencing unforgiveness. Unforgiveness is conceptualized as a stress reaction. Forgiveness is one (of many) ways people reduce unforgiveness.