English: The study of family resilience has gained momentum within the field of family
psychology over the last two decades. This paper focuses on the development of the
Resiliency Model of Family Stress, Adjustment and Adaptation, which has a long
history and is substantiated by research dating back to 1946. The factors comprising
the model have been empirically tested, and related measuring instruments have
been developed in order to evaluate resiliency factors within the family context. Each
of the Resiliency Model’s antecedent models is outlined here, while its potential
relevance to the South African context is also debated.