Growth, resilience, and thriving: a jangle fallacy?

Daniel J. Brown, Mustafa Sarkar, Karen Howells

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Since the mid-1990s the constructs of growth, resilience, and thriving have often been conflated and the labels used interchangeably to describe similar experiences. As research literature has grown, separate bodies of work have emerged on each of the constructs giving rise to questions of a jangle fallacy. The purpose of this chapter is to synthesize the existing literature and to explore the similarities and differences between the constructs. Following an initial introduction, the narrative is separated into three sections that each consider a key feature central to the formulation of the constructs: adversity, processes and mechanisms, and levels of functioning. The commentary in these sections is then used to inform proposals for future research, and concluding statements on the critical distinctions between growth, resilience, and thriving. It is hoped that this chapter will provide readers with greater clarity on what is meant by each of the terms, and offer researchers and practitioners a nomenclature that they can employ consistently and accurately when examining these experiences in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGrowth Following Adversity in Sport
Subtitle of host publicationA Mechanism to Positive Change in Sport
EditorsRoss Wadey, Melissa Day, Karen Howells
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781003058021
ISBN (Print)9780367223809, 9780367223816
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2020


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