Adolescent resilience: a concept analysis

J Adolesc. 2003 Feb;26(1):1-11. doi: 10.1016/s0140-1971(02)00118-5.


There is need for greater clarity around the concept of resilience as it relates to the period of adolescence. Literature on resilience published between 1990 and 2000 and relevant to adolescents aged between 12- and 18-years of age was reviewed with the aim of examining the various uses of the term, and commenting on how specific ways of conceptualizing of resilience may help develop new research agendas in the field. By bringing together ideas on resilience from a variety of research and clinical perspectives, the purpose of the review is to explicate core elements of resilience in more precise ways, in the hope that greater conceptual clarity will lead to a range of tailored interventions that benefit young people.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adolescent
  • Character*
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events*
  • Personality Assessment
  • Personality Development*
  • Psychology, Adolescent*
  • Risk
  • Social Environment