Literature Review on Resilience in the Military

Feb. 25, 2016; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

In an attempt to define resilience, researchers have examined adaptation and growth and capacity versus demonstration. Findings have shown that positive adaptation is influenced by factors both outside and inside the work setting. When examining resilience in high-stress occupations, the process includes appraisal of adversity, coping with adversity and seeking help from others in order to achieve positive adaptation. To address the challenges of positive adaptation for those deploying to war zones or other high-stress environments, the Department of Defense implemented pre-deployment training on resilience. The training is based on literature that identified several predictors of resilience in military personnel including quality of sleep, higher unit moral and positive leader behavior.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define the distinct elements of resilience
  • Describe how adverse conditions affect resilience
  • Narrate the potential benefits of resilience in high-stress occupations


Thomas W. Britt, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology College of Business and Behavioral Science Clemson University Clemson, South Carolina


Vladimir Nacev, Ph.D., ABPP
Senior Program Manager Deployment Health Clinical Center Silver Spring, Maryland

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit is available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG). You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) Feb. 25, 2016, to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

The awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and their families.


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