Family resilience in stressful situations of disability in foreign studies



A review of foreign studies reflecting the problems of family resilience in the modern world is presented. Special emphasis is placed on studies of family resilience in stressful situations of disability of family members. It is shown that resilience of families having stressful experience of disability includes: 1) a system of family beliefs based on a positive outlook that contribute both to self-recovery after a traumatic experience and acceptance of their vulnerability; 2) patterns of family reactions to diseases allowing them to find life meaning in caring, and respond effectively to challenges of diseases, use adaptive capabilities to counteract violations, and organize themselves; 3) family communication skills and activity in problem solving; 4) family connectedness and flexibility, effective use of external support from social and non-government organizations. The family resilience construct is considered through closely related concepts of individual, family, and social resilience.

General Information

Keywords: family resilience, stressful situations, disability.

Journal rubric: Clinical Psychology

Article type: review article


For citation: Odintsova M., Gusarova E., Aismontas B.B. Family resilience in stressful situations of disability in foreign studies [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2020. Vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 29–38. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2020090103. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Maria Odintsova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Psychology and Pedagogy of Distance Learning, Faculty of Distance Learning, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Elena Gusarova, MA in Psychology, Moderator, Scientific and Practical Center for Comprehensive Support of Psychological Research PsyDATA, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Bronus B. Aismontas, PhD in Education, Professor, Head of Department of Psychology and Pedagogy, Faculty of e-learning and Education, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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