Resilience, Pain Interference, and Upper Limb Loss: Testing the Mediating Effects of Positive Emotion and Activity Restriction on Distress

by Arm Dynamics, on Aug 10, 2016 9:30:00 AM

(This article originally appeared in Volume XCVII, No. 5 of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)

 Studies of resilience in persons with disabling conditions have recently proliferated,1 but definitions of the construct vary across theoretical models. Most construe it as “.the ability to sustain equilibrium and adaptive functioning under stressful circumstances" and the ability to “bounce back” with “better than expected” adjustment after a traumatic event. Unfortunately, the study of resilience after acquired disability is hindered by a lack of information on the mechanisms by which it facilitates well-being. This shortcoming complicates its measurement and frustrates attempts to develop interventions that might promote it.

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