Resilience, Hardiness, Learned Optimism Essay

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Go online and find a research article or Web site on any of the following topics: resilience, hardiness, learned optimism.

  1. Describe the construct and give a general idea what kinds of populations or setting have been studied. Do you find it interesting and worthy of further exploration, and why?
  2. Citing the article you have read (and where you found it), explain the effect of this construct on health and well-being. For example, how might this construct help a student cope with examination failure or help adults deal with stress at workplace?

Here are a few links to get you started on your research.
Information on Martin Seligman and his research on attribution style, one of the constructs he has explored in great depth.
This link will tell you more about locus of control and attribution style tests.
This is the Web site for the Institute for the Study of Human Resilience (Boston University). It includes research and information related to resilience.

Assignment 2: Cultivating Happiness
Using examples from your own life, tell us about three people you know (you can be one of them) who, in your estimation, have cultivated a significant sense of life satisfaction, or happiness, or self-actualization or however you want to word it, over the course of their lives. What variables discussed in this week’s readings do you believe contributed to their success in life? (Use personal examples, not Mother Theresa or Martin Luther King, Jr.)

The goal here is to start to recognize the factors that are important for health and happiness and to be able to see them in our everyday lives. Ideally, this will allow us to actually cultivate more of these by observing and modeling these successes.
Assignment 2: Suicide—A Growing Concern Teen suicide is a major public health problem in the U.S. The government and many voluntary organizations are doing their best to tackle this problem. This assignment is all about getting to know such initiatives better. Identify such suicide prevention programs in your area: teen “hotlines,” treatment facilities, etc. Read their promotional literature, and summarize the services in a short report that would include data about the following:

the number of teens the agency serves per month,
the types of services they offer,
the gaps that may exist in the students’ communities in services for teens.
Also present some ideas to fill these gaps.
Assignment 3: Case Scenario
Consider the following philosophy of a health care manager:
“I am a manager and I have a job to do. My employees need to leave their problems at the door. Their problems are not really my concern.”

  1. Do you agree with this manager? If not, why not? Do you think she will be successful as a manager? Why might her philosophy be short-sighted?
  2. What, if anything, is she “missing”? If you were her “Professional Coach,” with all of the unbelievable wisdom you have accumulated and cultivated skillfully and professionally during this course, what three recommendations would you make for her to improve her likelihood of success as a manager?

Read the following:
Who is Miserable and why? Who is happy and why?


Information on Self-Efficacy

A cross-cultural Self-Efficacy Test site

A lecture on Self-Efficacy

Stages of Change Model Resources/Family Resources/Stages of Change Model.htm

A User-Friendly Model of Change

Attribution Theory
1. Describe one area of your personal life and one area of your professional life in which you
A) feel a strong sense of self-efficacy, and
B) do not feel a sense of self-efficacy. Can you think of what developmental experiences you have had that might explain how or why you developed efficacy (or not) in these situations?

2. Can you imagine what intervention by whom, at what point, would have helped you feel more “self-efficacious” at the point when you did not feel that way?

3. Based on your readings, discuss your own typical attribution style. Now that you are more aware of your style, would you like to change it? If so, why? How would you like to change it? In case you do not want to change it, explain why?

4. Next, think of a person you are close to. Try to analyze his/her attribution style. Write about some examples that help to identify the person’s attribution style.

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