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Perceptions of community resilience after natural disaster in a rural Australian town

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Wendy MadsenWendy Madsen, Catherine O'MullanCatherine O'Mullan
Individual resilience is a well-established concept within the field of psychology. However, community resilience is an emerging field of study particularly within the context of natural disasters and other adversities.This article reports a qualitative study related to community resilience in a rural Australian town. This particular community was affected by a series of flood events in 2010/2011, one of which necessitated the total evacuation of the entire town. The results from the study highlighted concepts associated with community resilience including: social connectedness, optimistic acceptance, learning tolerance and patience, and learning from the past for the future. We conclude that social capital forms a vital part of community resilience, and although resilience is tested only during times of adversity, social capital needs to be developed well prior to the anticipation of natural disasters.

History

Volume

44

Issue

3

Start Page

277

End Page

292

Number of Pages

16

eISSN

1520-6629

ISSN

0090-4392

Location

United States

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of community psychology.

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