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Pain as well as care dependency have significant effects on normative activity and functionality in everyday life. Therefore, both have an influence on the individual quality of life. The combination of both factors implicate accomplishment of particular development tasks for elderly people (> 65 years), why resilience is necessary to that end. This project qualitatively explores resilience as a process with its specific features and its internal interactions. Therefore, another aim is researching perceptions of straining situations as well as dealing with them. In this project elderly care recipients with chronic pain in outpatient care are interviewed using the qualitative interviewing technique. Finally, these data are analysed with the documentary method by Bohnsack.