Ego-resilience and psychological wellness in rural communities

Elizabeth Buikstra*, Cath Rogers-Clark, Helen Ross, Desley Hegney, Christine King, Peter Baker, Kath McLachlan

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContinuity versus creative response to challenge
Subtitle of host publicationthe primacy of resilence and resourcefulness in life and therapy
EditorsMarek J. Celinski, Kathryn M. Gow
Place of PublicationHauppauge, NY
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781619427075
ISBN (Print)9781612097183, 9781628083125
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NamePsychology of emotions, motivations and actions


  • mental health
  • psychological wellness
  • resilience
  • rural communities
  • rural strengths

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