Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Resilience Research

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Resilience Research

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Resilience Research Ordinary Magic: Resilience in Development By A. S. Masten 2014, Guilford Press

Review by Amy Dilwort h Gabel

Are you looking for a comprehensive volume describing the history of research related to resilience and its new directions? If so, you will not be disappointed by the case and empirical examples of the fundamental concepts related to resilience that you will find in this book. One of the strengths of Ordinary Magic is its focus on the construct of resilience from both individual and systems perspectives. For example, the "Short List" in Chapter 6 presents a succinct summary of the convergence in research findings pertaining to factors in resilience, and their relationship to adaptive systems. Findings are also summarized regarding the neurobiology of resilience. This wave of research may be interesting, but should not be misunderstood as the author advocating that resilience is a fixed trait. Rather, by guiding readers through the different approaches that have been taken in the research pertaining to resilience, including a number of longitudinal studies, the author takes the opportunity to help dispel the myth that resilience is a trait. As school psychologists, this is an important message, as it validates the pos- itive impact of our work with individuals and systems as it relates to the expression of adaptive skills. While this book provides an excellent summary of the history and future directions for research regarding resiliency, it does not provide school psychologists with detailed intervention protocols to be used immediately; however, this was not the purpose of the manuscript. …

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