The components of resilience—Perceptions of an Australian rural community

Buikstra, E, Ross, H, King, CA, Baker, PG, Hegney, D, McLachlan, K and Rogers-Clark, C (2010) The components of resilience—Perceptions of an Australian rural community. Journal of Community Psychology, 38 8: 975-991. doi:10.1002/jcop.20409

Author Buikstra, E
Ross, H
King, CA
Baker, PG
Hegney, D
McLachlan, K
Rogers-Clark, C
Title The components of resilience—Perceptions of an Australian rural community
Journal name Journal of Community Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0090-4392
Publication date 2010-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/jcop.20409
Volume 38
Issue 8
Start page 975
End page 991
Total pages 17
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Resilience, of individuals, is a well-established concept in the psychology/mental health literatures, but has been little explored in relation to communities. Related theory in the community development and social impact assessment literature provides insight into qualities and assets of communities that enable them to develop effectively or to adapt to major changes. This article reports the components of community and individual resilience identified through a participatory action research study within a rural Australian community. These are social networks and support; positive outlook; learning; early experiences; environment and lifestyle; infrastructure and support services; sense of purpose; diverse and innovative economy; embracing differences; beliefs; and leadership. These components entail interactions between individuals, the community, infrastructure, the environment and the economy in the process of building resilience. The findings extend from previous research by recognizing environmental and economic factors, infrastructure and support services, as enhancing resilience, and expand the limited evidence base for those wishing to promote resilience at the community scale. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Keyword Social networks
Rural Australian community
Community development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Faculty of Science Publications
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