Culturally sensitive conceptualization of resilience: A multidimensional model of Chinese resilience

Qiuyuan Xie, Daniel Fu Keung Wong*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Cultural sensitivity is missing in the widely researched construct of resilience. The assumption that resilience takes the same form in all cultures fails to acknowledge that culture shapes the interpretation and instantiation of resilience. Examining how suffering and adversity are perceived and dealt with in Chinese contexts, can identify cultural concepts related to resilience. In this paper, we examine the ways in which Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism, the three main belief systems that have influenced Chinese people's perception of the nature of life, can serve as sources of strength to individuals facing adversity. We summarise three culturally inflected elements of dealing with adversities and compare them with existing, widely researched notions of resilience. Taking a socio-ecological perspective to explore resilience, this paper proposes a multidimensional model that can improve understanding of culturally embedded resilience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-334
Number of pages12
JournalTranscultural Psychiatry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021


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