Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Cumulative Lifetime Adversity and Resilience | Aging In Action

by Jordan Stein

A recent study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology lends a fresh perspective to Friedrich Nietzsche’s famous quote, “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.”

The authors of this article examined the relationship between cumulative lifetime adversity and human resilience. By analyzing a nationally representative sample of the population, the authors found that individuals who experienced a moderate amount of adversity during their lifetimes had higher levels of mental health and well-being than (a) people with an extensive history of adversity and (b) people without any history of adversity.

Article Reviewed:
Seery, M. D., Holman, E. A., Cohen-Silver, R. (2010). Whatever does not kill us: Cumulative lifetime adversity, vulnerability, and resilience. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 1025-1041.

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