Health and Medical News and Resources

General interest items edited by Janice Flahiff

Some Adversity in Life Seems to Help Build Resilience

From an Oct 20, 2010 Health Day news item

By Robert Preidt

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20 (HealthDay News) — In life, some adversity can benefit your mental health by strengthening your adaptability and resilience, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed data from 2,398 people who took part in a national survey each year from 2001 to 2004. Those who experienced some adverse events reported better mental health and well-being than those exposed to high levels of adversity or no adversity at all.

“Our findings revealed that a history of some lifetime adversity — relative to both no adversity or high adversity — predicted lower global distress, lower functional impairment, lower [post-traumatic stress] symptoms and higher life satisfaction,” study author Mark Seery, an assistant professor of psychology at the University at Buffalo, said in a university news release.

He and his colleagues also found that people with a history of some lifetime adversity appeared to weather recent adverse events better than other people.

“Although we studied major lifetime adversity, there is reason to believe that other relatively mundane experiences should also contribute to resilience,” Seery said. “This suggests that carefully designed psychotherapeutic interventions may be able to do so, as well, although there is much work that still needs to be done to fully understand resilience and where it comes from.”

The findings were released online in October in advance of publication in an upcoming print issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
[Editor Flahiff’s note…Ask a reference librarian at a local public, academic, or medical library for the availability of the full text of this article…either at or through the library. The library may charge a fee. It’s always best to call ahead for information!]

 

 

October 23, 2010 - Posted by | Health News Items

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: