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Nursing Clinics of North America


This integrative review summarizes current research on resilience in adult family members who have a relative with a diagnosed mental disorder that is considered serious. Within the context of resilience theory, studies identifying risk/vulnerability and positive/protective factors in family members are summarized, and studies examining seven indicators of resilience, including acceptance, hardiness, hope, mastery, self-efficacy, sense of coherence, and resourcefulness, are described. Implications for clinical practice and recommendations for future research are presented.


This is the accepted, peer-reviewed, corrected version before publisher formatting.

Nursing Clinics of North America, Volume 45, No. 4 (December 2010), DOI: 10.1016/j.cnur.2010.06.007.