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Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1987 Jul;57(3):316-331. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1987.tb03541.x.

Psychosocial resilience and protective mechanisms.

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Medical Research Council Child Psychiatry Unit.

Abstract

The concept of mechanisms that protect people against the psychological risks associated with adversity is discussed in relation to four main processes: reduction of risk impact, reduction of negative chain reactions, establishment and maintenance of self-esteem and self-efficacy, and opening up of opportunities. The mechanisms operating at key turning points in people's lives must be given special attention.

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