Two sides of the same coin and two routes for improvement: Integrating resilience and the social identity approach to well-being and ill-health
We propose that resilience effectively helps people cope with stress – thus predominantly reducing the negative. On the other hand, we argue that individuals’ social identification has the potential to contribute to their well-being – thus fostering the positive. A two-wave survey study of 180 students shows that resilience is more strongly (negatively) associated with ill-health (i.e., stress and depression), whereas social identification is more strongly (positively) related to well-being (i.e., satisfaction and work engagement). We believe that it is necessary to see these two routes to improving people’s health as complementary,both in future research and for therapy and interventions.
Van Dick, R., Ketturat, C., Häusser, J.A., & Mojzisch, A. (2017). Two sides of the same coin and two routes for improvement: Integrating resilience and the social identity approach to well-being and ill-health. Health Psychology Open, 4, 1-6. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2055102917719564