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The Many Faces of Resilience 

The Many Faces of Resilience
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The Many Faces of Resilience
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Cynda Hylton Rushton

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190619268.003.0006
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date: 25 February 2021

Resilience allows some clinicians to navigate the inevitable ethical challenges and moral suffering they face without the despair and hopelessness that others experience. It is the ability to withstand, adapt, recover or grow in response to adversity, trauma, or stress. It presumes that humans have an innate resilient potential that can be influenced and includes a process that unfolds in response to diverse types of adversity. Resilience is a multifaceted construct that has been applied in various contexts, including neurobiology, psychology, social ecology, and clinical practice. This chapter examines each of these contexts and highlights their implications for conceptualizing moral resilience.

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