Feasibility and effectiveness of psychosocial resilience training: A pilot study of the READY program

Burton, Nicola W., Pakenham, Ken I. and Brown, Wendy J. (2010) Feasibility and effectiveness of psychosocial resilience training: A pilot study of the READY program. Psychology Health and Medicine, 15 3: 266-277. doi:10.1080/13548501003758710

Author Burton, Nicola W.
Pakenham, Ken I.
Brown, Wendy J.
Title Feasibility and effectiveness of psychosocial resilience training: A pilot study of the READY program
Journal name Psychology Health and Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1354-8506
Publication date 2010-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13548501003758710
Volume 15
Issue 3
Start page 266
End page 277
Total pages 12
Editor Lorraine Sherr
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxford
Publisher Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Ltd
Language eng
Subject 1701 Psychology
Formatted abstract
Despite many studies on the characteristics associated with resilience, there is little research on interventions to promote resilience in adults. The aims of this study were to gather preliminary information regarding the feasibility of implementing a group psychosocial resilience training program (REsilience and Activity for every DaY, READY) in a workplace setting, and to assess if program would potentially promote well-being. The program targets five protective factors identified from empirical evidence: Positive emotions, cognitive flexibility, social support, life meaning, and active coping. Resilience enhancement strategies reflect core acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) processes and cognitive behavior therapy strategies. Sessions involve psychoeducation, discussions, experiential exercises, and home assignments. Sixteen participants completed 11 times two h group sessions over 13 weeks. Baseline and post-intervention assessment included self-administered questionnaires, pedometer step counts, and physical and hematological measures. Data were analyzed using standardized mean differences and paired t-tests. There was a significant improvement between baseline and post intervention scores on measures of mastery (p = 0.001), positive emotions (p = 0.002), personal growth (p = 0.004), mindfulness (p = 0.004), acceptance (p = 0.012), stress (p = 0.013), self acceptance (p = 0.016), valued living (p = 0.022), autonomy (p = 0.032) and total cholesterol (p = 0.025). Participants rated the program and materials very highly. These results indicate that the READY program is feasible to implement as a group training program in a workplace setting to promote psychosocial well-being.
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Keyword Resilience
Mental health
Health promotion
Stress management
Physical activity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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