Abstract: Adolescence is a critical phase marked by significant physiological and psychological changes. Resilience, a concept heavily researched in psychology, refers to the capacity for successful adaptation despite challenging or threatening circumstances. This paper examines how resilience impacts adolescents’ psychological well-being, reviewing multiple articles on the subject. The findings suggest that resilient adolescents can overcome obstacles, manage stress and trauma more effectively, and are generally less susceptible to mental ill-health, such as depression and anxiety. The study concludes that adolescents capable of rebounding from adversities tend to have stronger psychological well-being.
Introduction: Adolescence, defined as the developmental stage between 12 to 25 years, is a tumultuous period where individuals face various psychological, emotional, and behavioral challenges. The National Mental Health Survey of India highlights a significant prevalence of mental disorders among adolescents, emphasizing the need for resilience to promote self-respect, self-confidence, and better problem-solving skills.
Objectives of the Study:
- To understand the theoretical background of resilience and psychological well-being.
- To analyze various articles related to resilience and psychological well-being.
- To analyze the role of resilience on the psychological well-being of adolescents.
Methodology: The study primarily relies on secondary data analysis from various articles on resilience and psychological well-being to establish a theoretical foundation for the role of resilience in adolescent psychological well-being.
Resilience: Resilience, originating from the Latin word “resilire”, signifies the ability to resist damage or recover quickly. It is often measured in adolescents as an adaptation to vulnerability and maintaining emotional well-being. Traits like survivor mentality, effective emotional regulation, feeling in control, problem-solving abilities, self-compassion, and social support are crucial for resilience. Additionally, resilience is categorized into physical, mental, emotional, and social types, each significant in coping with different stress forms.
Psychological Well-being (PWB): PWB is about living life fully and includes managing painful emotions. It correlates with university adaptation, academic achievement, stress, and coping strategies. Resilience is closely linked to PWB, with life satisfaction and subjective well-being having a significant correlation with resilience.
Resilience and Psychological Well-being: Research indicates that resilience is vital in enhancing individuals’ well-being. It fosters confidence, self, and effective stress management, thereby playing a crucial role in psychological health. Resilience, acting as a protective factor, enhances positive thoughts and leads to healthy personality traits. It’s inversely related to mental illness in youth and contributes to psychological well-being by promoting positive self-evaluations and a sense of purposeful life.
Conclusion: Resilience, an ordinary yet essential aspect of human resources, is critical in dealing with adversity, stress, and challenges. It aids in trauma recovery and problem-solving through realistic and constructive goals. Enhancing resilience among adolescents requires effective strategies that focus on educating about risk factors and promoting protective factors. Understanding the relationship between resilience and well-being not only expands our knowledge but also promotes individuals’ psychological well-being.
Thamarasseri, I., & Sruthi, O. H. (2023). Resilience and Adolescent’s Psychological Well-being. i-manager’s Journal on Educational Psychology, 17(2), October – December 2023.