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OLIVEIRA, Juliana Barros de  e  LIPP, Marilda Emannuel Novaes. Resilience and stress control in judges and public servants. Bol. - Acad. Paul. Psicol. [online]. 2009, vol.29, n.2, pp. 287-306. ISSN 1415-711X.

In an effort to identify responses pointing towards resilience in the behavioral system of individuals who are successful in confronting adversities and also to understand how such behaviors were developed, 220 adults (148 women and 72 men) were interviewed. The following instruments were used: Identification Data Form, Stress Symptom Inventory, Stressors Survey and Behaviors Pointing to Resilience Survey. It was observed that 72% of individuals were stressed out. There was a higher occurrence of psychological symptoms and 76% of the individuals stated that they were subjected to innumerous daily stressful situations. The main stressors mentioned were the administration of personal tasks, followed by the occupation itself. It was noted that men more frequently than the women in the sample showed a higher frequency of resilient behaviors. Moreover, men in the sample tended to show a greater ability to control emotions and to face new challenges. However, it was noticed both in men and women that, the individuals with more established sense of self-control and ability to understand the basis of adversities as well as those who were optimistic and sympathetic were less likely to show symptoms of chronic stress. A balanced emotional attitude was found to be the main protection factor. Most of those individuals who were not stressed considered that effective skills to confront the adversities were learned throughout the course of their lives.

Palavras-chave : Resilience; Stress; Judges; Public servants.

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