Resilience and Support from Others

What happens if you’re working to develop your resilience but you have a home life that isn’t conducive to it? A 2015 study of teenagers in war-torn northern Jordan who underwent resilience training showed that levels of the stress hormone cortisol moderated significantly although their social support levels didn’t strengthen. Those with supportive communities and close family ties tested for high resilience from the outset. For the trainers, this indicated that they should expand their efforts to the teens’ families and the larger community. For someone who wants to strengthen their own resilience, it’s encouraging but it also suggests that you’ll succeed to a greater extent if you can get your own social contacts to support you. The article linked below discusses the 2015 study and why similar training programs have had mixed results.

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/02/war-zones-and-refugee-camps-researchers-are-putting-resilience-interventions-test

Author: Michael Hebert

I blog about psychological resilience at getmoreresilient.net.