Resilience in the Face of Adversity

  title={Resilience in the Face of Adversity},
  author={Michael Rutter},
  journal={British Journal of Psychiatry},
  pages={598 - 611}
  • M. Rutter
  • Published 1 December 1985
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • British Journal of Psychiatry
Almost since the beginnings of psychiatric practice, there has been a recognition that negative life experiences and stressful happenings may serve to precipitate mental disorders (Garmezy & Rutter, 1985). Nearly 200 years ago, Pinel wrote about the psychiatric risks associated with unexpected reverses or adverse circumstances, and it is reported that his initial question to newly admitted psychiatric patients was: “Have you suffered vexation, grief or reverse of fortune?” Nevertheless… 

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