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Ego-resilience and psychological wellness in rural communities

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posted on 31.10.2018, 00:00 by E Buikstra, C Rogers-Clark, H Ross, Desley Hegney, C King, P Baker, K McLachlan
Resilience in the context of rural communities is defined as the capacity to move through and beyond adversity. The literature recognises that rural people suffer particular stressors: high exposure to global economic pressures and government policy changes; droughts, floods and other extreme weather conditions; and the challenges of keeping a farm financially viable and family intact. Owing to the necessities of survival in "the bush", rural people tend to be stoic and self-reliant and therefore reluctant to seek help except in dire emergencies. Rural men have been shown to draw on inner strengths to regain control after difficult experiences, along with using formal and social supports, and strategies such as taking breaks. Individual and community resilience are mutually supportive and researchers argue that balanced social and economic development is needed to enhance resilience and wellbeing in rural areas, in addition to improved access to mental health and other health services. © 2011 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Editor

Celinski MJ; Gow KM

Start Page

273

End Page

290

Number of Pages

18

ISBN-13

9781612097183

Publisher

Nova Science Publishers

Place of Publication

Hauppauge, NY.

Additional Rights

Copyright © 2011 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

University of Southern Queensland; University of Queensland; Community Development Services, Qld

Era Eligible

Yes

Number of Chapters

31

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