The Role of Family Resilience on Parental Well-Being and Resilience Levels

Aivalioti, Ioanna and Pezirkianidis, Christos (2020) The Role of Family Resilience on Parental Well-Being and Resilience Levels. Psychology, 11 (11). pp. 1705-1728. ISSN 2152-7180

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Family well-being, conceptualized as the interaction between family members’ mental, physical health and psychological resilience, and family resilience, is crucial for the optimal functioning of the family unit. However, most research investigating the relationship between family resilience and psychological outcomes has focused on children instead of parents and no relevant research in the general Greek population has been conducted so far. Therefore, a sample of 83 Greek parents was recruited and the relationship of family resilience with parental well-being and parental resilience was examined. In addition, differences in the aforesaid constructs between mothers and fathers were explored. Results indicated that parents, who reported higher levels of coping strategies in terms of family resilience, were more likely to report higher levels of well-being and psychological resilience. Nevertheless, no significant differences in family resilience, parental well-being, and parental resilience between mothers and fathers were identified. Methodological limitations and future recommendations were discussed.

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