My main research interest is the study of mental health resilience in individuals who have experienced childhood adversity. Resilience can be described as a process of positive adaptation following exposure to childhood adversity. Childhood adversity is strongly linked with the development of psychopathology in later life. Therefore, I believe that it is crucial that the various interrelated factors that may increase resilience are examined and understood. With my PhD research I aim to model the relationships between resilience factors cross-sectionally as well as longitudinally, spanning adolescence. To study the putative interrelations of various literature-derived resilience factors, I will use cutting-edge network analysis techniques. Establishing the interrelations of resilience factors might eventually help to improve translational research regarding mental health resilience and thus may improve therapeutic approaches for individuals with a history of childhood adversity.
Key words: resilience, resilience factors, protective factors, childhood adversity, psychopathology, mental health, psychiatric disorders, network analysis