Research on Resilience and Disability

GSU Sociology Professor Ben Kail

GSU Sociology & Gerontology Professor Ben Kail

Checkout this recent research publication by GSU Sociology Department and Affiliate Faculty Member of the Gerontology Institute Professor Ben Kail and colleagues:

Manning, Lydia K., Dawn C. Carr, and Ben Lennox Kail. 2014. “Do Higher Levels of Resilience Buffer the Deleterious Impact of Chronic Illness on Disability in Later Life?” The Gerontologist [published online July 25, 2014].*

Drawing a sample of 10,753 Americans between the ages of 51 and 98 from the Health and Retirement Study (2006–2010), Kail et al., via statistical analysis, explored the influence of resilience – “the ability to navigate adversity in a manner that protects well-being” – on changes in disability among the sampled participants over a 2-year period.  They found that resilience “protects against increases in ADL [activities of daily living] and IADL [instrumental activities of daily living] limitations that are often associated with aging” and that it “mitigates a considerable amount of the deleterious consequences related to the onset of chronic illness and subsequent disability.” (from Abstract)

Also check out some of Dr. Kail’s related works:

*Articles note that all authors contributed equally to the studies.

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