Rural Resilience

Finally my old friend Professor Hegney’s team’s research on resilience of rural people has been published online. Here is my bottom line summary. Find the full paper here

Individual resilience in rural people: a Queensland study, Australia

Hegney DG, Buikstra E, Baker P, Rogers-Clark C, Pearce S, Ross H, King C, Watson-Luke A.  Individual resilience in rural people: a Queensland study, Australia. Rural and Remote Health 7 (online), 2007: 620. Available from:

Resilience = perserverance (internal toughness), adaptability (individual capacity and skills), social support (community capacity, belonging in community and family),  hope (future visions), spirituality (external faith), connectivity to the environment (belonging in place).

Resilience is undermined by multiple stressors.