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Updated November 04, 2009

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Definition: Resiliency refers to the ability to positively respond (or adapt) to and cope with a stressful experience.

In regard to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a number of factors have been found to be associated with resiliency following exposure to a traumatic event, including the availability of social support, seeking help, and utilizing healthy coping skills.

Also Known As: Resilience, Hardiness, Protective Factor
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