Resilience: a concept analysis

Nurs Forum. Apr-Jun 2007;42(2):73-82. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6198.2007.00070.x.


Topic: Concept analysis of resilience.

Purpose: To analyze the concept of resilience and provide a definition of resilience that is contextually independent of specific age-related groups or populations.

Sources: Published literature.

Conclusions: Resilience is being increasingly studied in innovative ways among diverse populations. The broadly accepted definition of the term, however, has evolved through literature related specifically to children and adolescents. This concept analysis can provide a fundamental definition of resilience that is derived from the evolution of the term but broadly supports contemporary applications. Resilience researchers can apply this definition when exploring the possibility of resilience-based interventions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • Life Change Events*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Psychological*
  • Object Attachment
  • Psychology, Adolescent*
  • Psychology, Child*
  • Self Care / methods
  • Self Care / psychology
  • Self Efficacy
  • Social Support
  • Temperament
  • Wit and Humor as Topic