Additive and subtractive resilience strategies as enablers of biographical reinvention: a qualitative study of ex-smokers and never-smokers

dc.contributor.author Ward, Paul Russell
dc.contributor.author Muller, Robert
dc.contributor.author Tsourtos, George
dc.contributor.author Hersh, Deborah
dc.contributor.author Lawn, Sharon Joy
dc.contributor.author Winefield, Anthony H
dc.contributor.author Coveney, John David
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-14T05:37:25Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-14T05:37:25Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.description.abstract The notion of developing resilience is becoming increasingly important as a way of responding to the social determinants of poor health, particularly in disadvantaged groups. It is hypothesized that resilient individuals and communities are able to ‘bounce back’ from the adversities they face. This paper explores the processes involved in building resilience as an outcome in relation to both quitting smoking and never smoking. The study involved 93 qualitative, oral-history interviews with participants from population groups with high and enduring smoking rates in Adelaide, Australia, and was essentially interested in how some people in these groups managed to quit or never start smoking in the face of adversities, in comparison to a group of smokers. Our key findings relate to what we call additive and subtractive resilience strategies, which focus on the practices, roles and activities that individuals either ‘took on’ or ‘left behind’ in order to quit smoking or remain abstinent. The theoretical lenses we use to understand these resilience strategies relate to biographical reinforcement and biographical reinvention, which situate the resilience strategies in a broader ‘project of the self’, often in relation to attempting to develop ‘healthy bodies’ and ‘healthy biographies’. en
dc.identifier.citation Ward, P.R., Muller, R., Tsourtos, G., Hersh, D., Lawn, S.J., Winefield, T., & Coveney, J.D., 2011. Additive and subtractive resilience strategies as enablers of biographical reinvention: a qualitative study of ex-smokers and never-smokers. Social Science and Medicine, 72(7), 1140- 1148. en
dc.identifier.issn 0277-9536
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2328/26574
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.rights.license In Copyright
dc.subject Public health en
dc.subject Smoking en
dc.subject Australia en
dc.subject Resilience en
dc.title Additive and subtractive resilience strategies as enablers of biographical reinvention: a qualitative study of ex-smokers and never-smokers en
dc.type Article en
local.contributor.authorOrcidLookup Lawn, Sharon Joy: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5464-8887 en_US
local.contributor.authorOrcidLookup Coveney, John David: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8237-0248 en_US
local.contributor.authorOrcidLookup Tsourtos, George: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4151-8856 en_US
local.contributor.authorOrcidLookup Ward, Paul Russell: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5559-9714 en_US
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