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Learning from Resilient People


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Preface Acknowledgements PART I: WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM RESILIENT PEOPLE Ch 1: Understanding Resilience Definitions of Resilience Attributes of Resilient People Coping With Stress as an Additional Aspect of Resilience Examples of Resilient Responses of Traumatized Adolescents Summary PART II: HOW RESILIENT PEOPLE USE CULTURE, SPIRITUALITY, AND SUPPORT SYSTEMS TO IMPROVE THEIR SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL FUNCTIONING Ch 2: Resilience and the Impact of Spiritual and Religious Beliefs on Health and Mental Health The Impact of Spirituality and Religious Involvement on Health and Mental Health A Story About an Abusive Relationship That Ended After a Religious Conversion Lessons to Be Learned From This Story Why Religious and Spiritual Involvement May Lead to Resilience A Story About the Impact of Religious Differences on an Intimate Relationship Lessons to Be Learned From This Story Should Issues of Religion and Spirituality Be Included in Our Work With Clients? Summary Ch 3: Helping Others as an Attribute of Resilience Indigenous Helpers Examples of Indigenous Helpers Self-Help Groups and Indigenous Helpers Attributes of Indigenous Helpers A Story of an Indigenous Helper A Story About an Indigenous Helper Starting a Self-Help Group Summary Ch 4: The Powerful Helping Impulse of Our Cultural Heritage: Examples From Three Ethnic Groups Resilience in Latinos Introduction How Latino Cultures Cope With Social and Emotional Problems The Importance of Cultural Metaphors (Dichos) in Latino Life A Focus on Feelings Cultural Issues That Affect Latino Resilience A Story About How a Resilient Latina Copes With Life Lessons to be Learned From This Story Resilience in African Americans How Resilient African Americans Cope With Life A Story About Abandonment by a Father Another Story About Abandonment Lessons to be Learned From These Stories Resilience in Ethnically Traditional Asian Americans (With Steven Ino) The Collective Self The Importance of Family and Social Harmony When Asian Americans' Resilience Fails Issues That Test Resilience A Story About James and Lisa, a Bicultural Couple An Interview With James and Lisa Summary PART III: EXAMPLES OF RESILIENCE ACROSS AREAS OF PSYCHOSOCIAL DIFFICULTY Ch 5: How Resilient People Cope With Substance Abuse The Extent of the Problem The Research on Resilience in Coping With Drug and Alcohol Abuse A Story of Family Resilience and Alcohol Abuse Lessons to be Learned From This Story A Story of a Baseball Player and Attorney Jailed Because of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Lessons to be Learned From This Story A Story About an Adolescent Substance Abuser Lessons to Be Learned From This Story A Story About Recovery From Substance Abuse Lessons to Be Learned From This Story Summary Ch 6: How Resilient People Cope With Mental Illness The Extent and Impact of Mental Illness Traditional Treatments of Mental Illness: A Research Review Evidence of Resilience in People Diagnosed as Mentally Ill A Story of a Spontaneous Remission From Mental Illness An Interview With the Storyteller A Story About Long-Term Emotional Problems Summary Ch 7: How Resilient Children Cope With Abuse Resilience in Abused Children A Story of a Child Coping With Abusive Parents Lessons to be Learned From This Story A Story of a Resilient Child Coping With Adulthood Lessons to be Learned From This Story Factors Predicting Resilience in Abused Children Biological Factors Psychological Factors Factors Within the Family Factors Outside the Family Summary Ch 8: How Resilient People Cope With Life-Threatening Illness, Disabilities, and Bereavement Coping With Serious Illness A Story of a Resilient Woman Coping With Breast Cancer Further Thoughts of the Storyteller Lessons to be Learned From This Story Coping With Serious Illness: Another View Coping With Bereavement Coping With the Death of a Loved One A Story About the Death of Family Members Lessons to Be Learned From This Story Coping With Disabilities A Case Study of Jack, a Man Coping With a Disability Jack's Behavioral Chart Summary Ch 9: Resilience in Older Adults Coping With Problems Related to Aging Late Life Depression: The Case of Primo Levi A Story of Resilience in Aging Lessons to be Learned From This Story A Case Study of Resilience in a Depressed Older Male Discussion of the Case A Case Study of a Depressed Older Female With a Substance Abuse Problem Discussion of the Case Summary Ch 10. Resilience in Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Individuals Harassment, Homophobia, and Vulnerability GLBT Resilience A Story About a First Awareness of Being Gay Lessons to be Learned From This Story A Story About Coming Out Lessons to be Learned From This Story A Story About Confronting Homophobia Lessons to Be Learned From This Story Summary Ch 11. How Resilient People Cope With Loneliness, Isolation, and Depression Why Resilient People Sometimes Experience Loneliness, Isolation, and Depression The Prevalence of Depression The Nature of Loneliness and Depression The Treatment of Loneliness and Depression A Story About Loneliness and Isolation Lessons to Be Learned From This Story A Story About Loneliness in the Company of Others The Storyteller's Self-Analysis Summary Ch 12. Family Resilience The Changing American Family A Small Sample View of Family Life in America Stories About Family Life What These Stories Say About Family Life Characteristics of Family Resilience A Story About a Resilient Immigrant Family Lessons to be Learned From This Story A Story That Needs No Explanation Summary References Ch 13: How Resilient People Cope With Acts of Random Violence Debriefing Responses of Resilient People to Violence A Story About Random Violence Lessons to be Learned From This Story A Story About a Resilient Woman Coping With an Act of Terrorism The Storyteller's Self-Analysis Summary Ch 14: Resilient Communities Resilience and Healthy Community Life A Resilient Community Deals with Youth Violence A Story of a Resilient Community Constructing a Violence Treatment Program The Results of the Program: An Interview With Members of the City Council A Story About a Resilient Community Coping With a Devastating Flood Summary PART IV: PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS Ch 15: The Primary Behaviors of Resilient People: Application of Findings to Practice The Attributes of Resilient People and Practice Recommendations Additional Attributes of Resilient People A Story About a Young Worker Finding Resilience in His Clients Final Words References About the Author

About the Author

Dr. Morley D. Glicken is the former Dean of the Worden School of Social Service in San Antonio; the founding director of the Master of Social Work Department at California State University, San Bernardino; the past Director of the Master of Social Work Program at the University of Alabama; and the former Executive Director of Jewish Family Service of Greater Tucson. He has also held faculty positions in social work at the University of Kansas and Arizona State University. He currently teaches in the Department of Social Work at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Glicken received his BA degree in social work with a minor in psychology from the University of North Dakota and holds an Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington and the Master of Public Administration and Doctor of Social Work degrees from the University of Utah. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Fraternity. In 2010, Praeger Press published his books on workaholism and retirement and another on mature love. In 2009, Praeger Press published his book A Simple Guide to Retirement (with Brian Haas). Elsevier, Inc. published his books Evidence-Based Practice with Troubled Children and Adolescents: A Psychosocial Perspective and, Evidence Based Counseling and Psychotherapy with an Aging Population, also in 2009. In 2008 he published A Guide to Writing for Human Service Professionals for Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. In 2006 he published Life Lessons from Resilient People, published by Sage Publications. He published Working with Troubled Men: A Practitioner's Guide for Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers in 2005 and Improving the Effectiveness of the Helping Professions: An Evidence-Based Approach to Practice in 2004 for Sage Publications. In 2003 he published Violent Young Children, and Understanding and Using the Strengths Perspective for Allyn and Bacon/Longman Publishers. Dr. Glicken published two books for Allyn and Bacon/Longman Publishers in 2002: The Role of the Helping Professions in the Treatment of Victims and Perpetrators of Crime (with Dale Sechrest) and, A Simple Guide to Social Research. Dr Glicken has published over 50 articles in professional journals and has written extensively on personnel issues for Dow Jones, the publisher of the Wall Street Journal. He has held clinical social work licenses in Alabama and Kansas and is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. He is currently Professor Emeritus in Social Work at California State University, San Bernardino and Executive Director of the Institute for Personal Growth: A Research, Treatment, and Training Institute in Prescott, Arizona offering consulting services in counseling, research, and management. More information about Dr. Glicken may be obtained on his website: A listing of all of his books may be found on at: and he can be contacted by email at:


"The research presented in this book is comprehensive, and it is obvious that the author is very well versed in the area of positive psychology. A definite strength of this book, and one that I think instructors and students will find particularly helpful, are the several case studies presented throughout the test, usually at the end of each chapter. These compelling case studies illustrate the concepts the are discussed in each chapter in vivid and real-world fashion." -- Sameet Kumar

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