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“If you want to understand something, try to change it”: Social-psychological interventions to cultivate resilience

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 September 2015

Eddie Brummelman
Affiliation:
Research Institute of Child Development and Education, University of Amsterdam, 1001 NG Amsterdam, Netherlandse.brummelman@uva.nlhttp://www.uva.nl/over-de-uva/organisatie/medewerkers/content/b/r/e.brummelman/e.brummelman.html
Gregory M. Walton
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. gwalton@stanford.eduhttp://web.stanford.edu/~gwalton

Abstract

We argue that social psychology has unique potential for advancing understanding of resilience. An exciting development that illustrates this is the emergence of social-psychological interventions – brief, stealthy, and psychologically precise interventions – that can yield broad and lasting benefits by targeting key resilience mechanisms. Such interventions provide a causal test of resilience mechanisms and bring about positive change in people's lives.

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