Definitions for "Protective factors"
influences that make it less likely that a person will be adversely effected by stressors, by modifying their response to the environmental stressor.
Those factors that 'produce a resilience to the development of psychological difficulties in the face of adverse risk factors' (Spence, 1996, p. 5).
factors that make it less likely that individuals will develop a disorder; protective factors may encompass biological, psychological or social factors in the individual, family and environment
Elements in one's life that increase one's ability to battle against impulses/thoughts of suicide (i.e. religiosity, positive relationships, life satisfaction, etc.).