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+++ Report from the 1st International Spring School on Resilience Research. +++
+++ intresa researchers publish a critical review of current intervention research in the field of resilience and propose criteria for future studies. See Chmitorz et al., in Clinical Psychology Review 2017. +++
+++ intresa researchers and colleagues from 8 countries publish a position paper on how to define and operationalize resilience in human studies. See Kalisch et al., in Nature Human Behaviour 2017. +++
+++ intresa researchers R. Kalisch, O. Tüscher, H. Walter, I. Veer, E. Hermans, G. Fernández, K. Roelofs, T. Hendler, and B. Kleim have successfully applied for a EU Horizon 2020 grant. The collaborative project DynaMORE (Dynamic MOdelling of REsilience) will try to unravel the mysteries of resilience, using computational modelling of prospective data sets. +++
The International Resilience Alliance e.V., intresa, is an initiative of academic researchers working together to promote scientific stress resilience research at all levels – by coordinating research activities, developing common definitions and terminology, setting methodological standards, providing research tools, sharing data and results, supporting grant initiatives, organizing workshops, symposia and conferences, lobbying for resilience, and reaching out to the public.
intresa understands resilience as the maintenance or rapid recovery of mental health in times of adversity, e.g., during and after challenging life circumstances, physical illness or traumatic events. Resilience research asks why some people stay mentally healthy although they are exposed to the same kinds of stressors that cause mental problems and dysfunctions in other people. Thus, instead of focusing on mechanisms that cause disease, we are interested in the factors and mechanisms that can protect humans from developing stress-related conditions. Focusing on mechanisms of health rather than disease is still an underexplored field of research and has great potential for the development of new prevention and treatment strategies.
We hope to thereby make a contribution to improving public health and the quality of life of millions of people and to reduce the occurrence of diseases such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, and others. Read here about the prevalence of stress-related disorders in industrialized societies and about why research on resilience and disease prevention is a strategic priority of mental health science.
intresa is a registered non-profit association acc. to German law and has an EU Participant Identification Code (PIC).