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Protective Factor

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Updated June 10, 2014

Definition:

A protective factor refers to anything that prevents or reduces vulnerability for the development of a disorder. Common protective factors include the availability of social support and the use of healthy coping strategies in response to stress.

A number of protective factors for PTSD following the experience of a traumatic event have been identified.

Also Known As: resiliency, resilience
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