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Conceptualizing Moral Resilience 

Conceptualizing Moral Resilience
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Conceptualizing Moral Resilience
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Cynda Hylton Rushton

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190619268.003.0007
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date: 07 March 2021

Moral resilience, the ability of an individual to preserve or restore integrity in response to moral adversity, draws on targeted scholarship of the broader concept of resilience in other contexts. This chapter builds on definitions in the literature and qualitative analysis of clinicians’ definitions of moral resilience in order to outline the key attributes of moral resilience. The foundation of moral resilience is personal and relational integrity. The attributes of self-regulation and self-awareness, such as mindfulness, buoyancy, moral efficacy, and self-stewardship, support the preservation or restoration of integrity. These attributes are defined and illustrated with quotes from clinicians. Taken together, these attributes constitute a conceptual basis for moral resilience.

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