The ability to bounce back : the relationship between resilience, coping and positive outcomes : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Psychology at Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand
Resilience is a term of increasing prevalence in many aspects of society
including the workplace. This thesis has sought to examine the relationship
resilience has with coping, engagement, and life satisfaction. Data was
collected via a survey that included standard measures for the variables of
interest and two open-ended questions targeting sources of stress and sources
of satisfaction. Findings show a positive relationship between resilience and
task-focused coping, engagement, and life satisfaction. No relationship was
found between resilience and maladaptive coping or social support.
Additionally, it was found that resilience acted as a full mediator in the
relationship between task-focused coping and engagement, but had no
mediating effect in the relationship between task-focused coping and life
satisfaction. The open-ended questions identified that the same demand
frequently acted as both a source of stress and a source of satisfaction.