IBICT - Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia




Resilience is defined as the ability of confronting, overcoming and being strengthened or transformed by adverse experiences. Studies have shown that resilient people get less sick and have a better performance at work, with family relationships and life. Resilience can also be developed from childhood to old age. Meditation, by its turn, has proved to be a useful resource for the health improvement, including the life quality of those who practice it, providing higher levels of well-being, improving interpersonal relationships and reducing stress. It seems that meditation, as well as resilience, may contribute to improve population health level. The aim of this study was to verify the resilience levels in elderly people that meditate. There was a number of 60 participants, being 78% women, mean age 69 years old, 82% retirees, 65% meditation practitioners, 42% with low education and 60% catholic. The research means was a self-administered questionnaire, consisting of the Resilience Assessment Scale (EAR) in its reduced form and a questionnaire to collect social-demographic data of the participants. Analysis of variance revealed no difference between levels of resilience among group practiced meditation once a day and practicing meditation more than this. Factor averages and standard diversion revealed that participants have slightly above average ability to adapt positively and face the life challenges, persisting to overcome crisis and distress, seldom resign, although sometimes they do not consider themselves competent to deal with them. To address the difficulties of life they count on beliefs that they can trust on support of someone or something higher and believe they can learn and improve with adversity.


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