Advancing the Study of Resilience to Daily Stressors

Anthony D. Ong, Kate A. Leger

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Historically, studies of childhood and adult resilience have typically focused on adaptation to chronic life adversities, such as poverty and maltreatment, or isolated and potentially traumatic events, such as bereavement and serious illness. Here, we present a complementary view and suggest that stressors experienced in daily life may also forecast individual health and well-being. We argue that daily process approaches that incorporate intensive sampling of individuals in natural settings can provide powerful insights into unfolding adaptational processes. In making this argument, we review studies that link intraindividual dynamics with diverse health-related phenomena. Findings from this research provide support for a multiple-levels-analysis perspective that embraces greater unity in pivotal resilience constructs invoked across childhood and adult literatures. Drawing on insights and principles derived from life-span theory, we conclude by outlining promising directions for future work and considering their broader implications for the field of resilience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1591-1603
Number of pages13
JournalPerspectives on Psychological Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2022

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  • accelerated recovery
  • daily stress
  • dampened reactivity
  • resilience
  • richness
  • toughening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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