Term: Protective Factors

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2007-09-26


Protective factors are those things that help individuals contend more effectively with risk factors and unhealthy health events. They enhance the current and future resiliency of an individual, and are important to healthy development.

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  • Lix L, Finlayson G, Yogendran M, Bond R, Bodnarchuk J, Soodeen R. Primary Prevention: An Examination of Data Capabilities in Manitoba (January 2005). Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2005. [Summary] [Full Report] (View)

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  • Fransoo R, Martens P, Prior H, Chateau D, McDougall C, Schultz J, McGowan K, Soodeen R, Bailly A. Adult Obesity in Manitoba: Prevalence, Associations, and Outcomes. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2011. [Summary] [Full Report] (View)