Psychological Resilience – A Brief Review of Definitions, and Key Theoretical, Conceptual, and Methodological Issues


  1. Fikretoglu, D.
  2. McCreary, D.R.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
The ongoing need to design and implement interventions aimed at increasing psychological resilience among returning military members means that some of the key conceptual and methodological challenges in the field of psychological resilience have to be identified and addressed before investing in large-scale resilience interventions. The aim of this technical report was to review these conceptual and methodological issues and to outline ways of addressing them in both research and policy settings in military organizations. We started with an earlier literature review of psychological resilience contracted by Defence Research and Development Canada – Toronto (DRDC Toronto) in 2006 and conducted a focused literature review ourselves to cover the literature since 2006. Our focused review suggests that there are key theoretical, conceptual, and methodological issues in the field of psychological resilience which need to be addressed before large-scale resilience interventions can realize their full promise in military organizations. Future research at DRDC Toronto will aim to resolve some of the conceptual and methodological debates in the field of military psychological resilience in the context of ongoing resilience interventions in the Canadian Forces.

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Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TR-2012-012 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 2012
Number of Pages
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