Reflection on the Definition of Resilience
Reflect on how your personal definition of “resilience” has or has not changed as you have worked your way through this course. In composing your reflection, consider the following questions:
How would you respond to Michael Chandler’s concern (see the video clip on definitions of resilience in Module 1) about defining resilient individuals as those who are made of “stainless steel” and non?resilient individuals as those who are made of “celluloid”?
Does the “stainless steel” metaphor suggest that only the lucky few are resilient because they carry a particular trait or personality characteristic?
Based on what you have learned from the research presented in the course, would you characterize this definition as misleading? Why or why not?
Can conditions external to the individual promote or undermine resilience?
Your reflection should be approximately (about 2–3 pages) and should provide evidence from what you have learned to support your reflection.
These two sample topics identify potential areas for in?depth exploration of human resilience on an at?risk population not discussed in the module readings, along with a practical application:
What individual, family, and community factors are related to building resilience in elderly individuals who are at risk for social isolation? Based upon your review, what future research ought to be done?
What individual, family, and community factors are related to building resilience in adults who experience a serious injury, (e.g., from a workplace accident)? Based upon your review, what future research ought to be done?
Feedback to Discussion 1
The first discussion primarily tries to address the factor of resilience present within human beings. It has been noted that depression is common in those individuals who suffer from chronic pain. This tends to create a connection between depression and chronic pain. In addition to this, it moves ahead to discover the ways in which patients can manage their levels of pain. It can be understood from the findings that the level of endurance that an individual has with regards to pain assures their participation in daily activities. The study that has been highlighted here is about a group of older adults belonging to Hong Kong in China. The relation between depression and the intensity of pain they experience have been taken into consideration. The observation that has been put forward is true. It is true that when people have a higher “self-efficacy” then they can easily manage pains. They generally do not feel depressed when met with pains that are either moderate or even extreme. On the other hand this discussion thus ascertains that those who lack self-efficacy in the situations of pain are more prone to suffer from depression. Depression would be quite common for them.
The entire thing about self-efficacy has been written with immense efficiency. Depression and the elements of pain too have been connected well in this description. It is true that maybe the presence of diagrams would have been more beneficial in the process of understanding. Still, mentioning the condition in the form of elaborate analysis creates a huge difference. Here self-efficacy has been addressed to be a factor of resilience and has not been regarded as a resource. It is because this turns out to be more effective when the pain is severe. It has even been mentioned that when the patient faces depression without any pain then self-efficacy is of no use. Hence it can be concluded from this discussion that self-efficacy acts only when the amount of depression is linked to the level of pain that is being experienced. There is even mention of ineffectiveness of self-efficacy when it comes to a situation of lower risk. The discussion seems even more effective as it comes from a massage therapist, a person who has remained associated with patients suffering from chronic pain. This shows that this study might be effective and would help in healing all those patients that show symptoms of depression.
Feedback to Discussion 2
The second discussion focuses on the fact how families recover when they have suffered a child loss. This discussion takes into account the work of Jaaniste, Coombs, Donnelly, Kelk & Beston (2017). These scholars have given their opinions regarding the factor how relationships within a family can have either a positive or a negative impact in such situations. It is really true that when families have unity in their bonds, they tend to recover from such a situation of loss faster. In a healthy relationship, the parents in grief do get one another and can act as a support system. On the other hand when the relationship within the family is strained, a loss of a child aggravates the situation. It ultimately takes such a turn that they eventually drift apart. Family bonding has been shown to be an important factor at the beginning of this discussion during such situations. The mention of this detail is quite effective as this is quite visible even in our daily lives when we suffer similar losses.
It is the loss of a child that has been highlighted in this discussion. This could have even been discussed using any kind of loss that a family suffers. Every form of loss when it is associated with the loss of a life is difficult and resilience in such situations becomes tough. Now, if we consider a situation of the loss of a child it is even more painful and creates a vacant space within the family. We can see in the discussion that it presents us with a number of strategies that help in coping with losses. These strategies can even be applied by families in recovering when they face a child loss. It further shows a contradictory issue where it mentions that a strong marital bond might have no such impact on the way an individual deals with a situation of loss. Thus it can be said that this is a well written discussion about the way in which a family might be recovering in case there is a child loss within the family. It at times says that family bonding is necessary and it is with the support from each of the members, this situation can be handled. While on the other hand there is a mention of the fact that bond within the married couples might not have an impact on this situation.
Feedback to Discussion 3
The third discussion addresses the resilience factor that is intended towards the families of cancer patients. It is based on a study which has identified two factors that would help the cancer patients in recovering faster. The two ways that have been mentioned are to keep the families informed and even to communicate properly with them. It is true that cancer is not curable and hence if the families are kept informed about the disease, the course that it would follow and finally the probability of death then they can recover faster. The study shows the positive impact that communication and information about cancer has on resilience. Communication has been brought to the forefront as a medium to cater to resilience. In the process of communication, the families can gather complete information about the steps that in which the illness would be progressing. The discussion shows the difference between resilience and resource. Resource would be something more than resilience which would help in the recovery of the patient. Resilience would help the patient’s family in coping with the situation. There is a vast amount of information that the selected study provides. This is quite enriching and would eventually prove to be quite helpful to all those who are trying to recover from this situation. The physical and psychological health factors of the care provider have been taken into account in this discussion.
The discussion further brings to light the fact that this method of improving resilience might be applicable to all those families who have patients suffering from other diseases. The diseases that have been presented are AIDS and dementia and these too can affect the psychological as well as physical health of the care giver. The fact that collaboration can be quite effective for families in their process of recovery is true. Every family can recover soon and get themselves adapted in such situations of adversities when they collaborate. Resilience has been repeatedly presented in the article chosen for this discussion. It offers a wider view about resilience among the family members of people suffering from cancer. Support from health care providers is another issue that too has been presented through this discussion. This discussion has been written with the help of two articles. The mention of these in the reference part acts as an added advantage to take a further look into the issue.