Understanding Resilience: Uncovering The Common Themes
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Research on resilience focuses on children and adolescents, with little attention paid to adults. The intention of this study is to broaden knowledge of resilience in adults, especially those in recovery from drugs and/or alcohol. The central research question explores people’s experience of resilience in terms of turning points, environmental supports, and psychological contexts. Five participants were recruited from an outpatient, non-profit counselling agency. A qualitative phenomenological method was used and data was gathered using a semi-structured, open-ended interview questionnaire. Results indicate that there are common themes that link people’s experience of resilience. It is important to understand the phenomenon of resilience because it has many implications for harm-reduction, prevention, and treatment work with at-risk or marginalized populations.