Resilience Despite Complex Trauma: Family Environment and Family Cohesion as Protective Factors

Aubrey D. Daniels, Julia Bryan

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Abstract

The authors utilized hierarchical multiple regression to understand the relationships between complex trauma, family environment, family cohesion, and resilience in 485 young adults aged 18–35. The young adults varied regarding their educational background and experiences with trauma. Results demonstrated that youth with more experiences of complex trauma were associated with lower levels of resilience. However, when they reported strong family environments and family cohesion prior to adulthood, they were more likely to be resilient in young adulthood despite the complex trauma experienced. Hence, family environment and family cohesion appear to be protective factors despite complex trauma exposure. Implications for family counselors working with trauma and resilience building through a systemic lens are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)336-345
Number of pages10
JournalFamily Journal
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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