Resilience in the Context of Ambiguous Loss: A Commentary

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This commentary compares the concept of resilience as conceptualized and studied in ambiguous loss and in the broader domain of developmental resilience science. The discussion highlights common roots, similarities and differences in the definitions of resilience and protective processes, and implications for interventions. Resilience concepts in ambiguous loss theory are congruent with contemporary developmental resilience theory in multiple ways. Future research and practice would benefit from further integration of these compatible perspectives on resilience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-293
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Family Theory and Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016


  • Ambiguous loss
  • developmental systems theory
  • family stress
  • promotive factor
  • protective factor
  • resilience

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