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Multisystemic Resilience: Adaptation and Transformation in Contexts of Change

Michael Ungar


Multisystemic Resilience brings together for the first time in one volume a wide range of resilience experts. By placing side-by-side the writing of psychologists, epigeneticists, ecologists, architects, disaster specialists, engineers, sociologists and public health researchers (to name just a few of the disciplines represented), this innovative volume provides insights into how to research resilience across systems and the many possible solutions to problems that threaten the physical and mental health of individuals, the wellbeing of our communities and the sustainability of our planet. Eve ... More

Keywords: multisystemic resilience, disciplinary diversity, psychology, sociology, ecology, wellbeing, health, social functioning, positive development, stress, adversity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190095888
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190095888.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Ungar, editor
Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience, Dalhousie University

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Section 1 Human Biology and Social Environments

2 Bringing a Neurobiological Perspective to Resilience

Nicole Bush and Danielle S. Roubinov

3 Risk and Resilience in Pregnancy and Birth

Cecily Young and Susan Ayers

4 Promoting Resilience Within Public Health Approaches for Indigenous Communities

Christopher Mushquash, Elaine Toombs, Kristy Kowatch, Jessie Lund, Lauren Dalicandro, and Kara Boles

5 Narrative Resilience

Boris Cyrulnik

Section 2 Psychological Processes in Challenging Contexts

9 People, Perceptions, and Process

Lilian Alessa and Andrew Kliskey

10 Social Ecology of Police Resilience

Mehdi Ghazinour and Arian Rostami

Section 3 Education Systems, Arts, and Well-Being

Section 4 Family and Kinship Systems

14 Family Resilience

Froma Walsh

Section 5 Community Well-Being

17 The Creation and Recreation of Borderlands Among Indigenous Peoples

Pilar Hernández-Wolfe and Santos Jamioy Muchavisoy

Section 6 Recovery and Resilience in Humanitarian Settings

21 Psychological Resilience in Response to Adverse Experiences

Cassandra M. Popham, Fiona S. McEwen, and Michael Pluess

Section 7 Organizational Processes

Section 8 Legal, Policy, and Economic Systems

26 Resilience of Legal Systems

J. B. Ruhl, Barbara Cosens, and Niko Soininen

28 Understanding Societal Resilience

Rosanne Anholt, Caroline van Dullemen, Juliana Santos de Carvalho, Joris Rijbroek, Stijn Sieckelinck, and Marieke W. Slootman

30 The Economics of Multisystemic Resilience

Gabriella Conti and Tatiana Paredes

Section 9 Architecture and Urban Design

Section 10 Technology and Human Systems

34 Design and Engineering of Resilience for Networked Computer Systems

David Hutchison, Mark Rouncefield, Antonios Gouglidis, and Tom Anderson

35 Patterns for Achieving Resilience in Engineered and Organizational Systems

Scott Jackson, Victoria Hailey, Keith D. Willett, Timothy Ferris, and Eric A. Specking

Section 11 Social Ecological Systems

36 Social and Ecological Systems Resilience and Identity

Francois Bousquet, Tara Quinn, Clara Therville, Raphaël Mathevet, Olivier Barreteau, Bruno Bonté, and Chloé Guerbois

37 Adaptive Management of Ecosystem Services for Multisystemic Resilience

Katharine F. E. Hogan, Kirsty L. Nash, and Elena Bennett

38 Conceptualizing Cascading Effects of Resilience in Human–Water Systems

Li Xu, Feng Mao, James S. Famiglietti, John W. Pomeroy, and Claudia Pahl-Wostl

Conclusion A Summary of Emerging Trends