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Facing a wildfire: What did we learn about individual and community resilience?

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  • Judith Kulig

    () (University of Lethbridge)

  • Anna Pujadas Botey

    () (Alberta Health Services)

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Abstract Resilience has become a significant concept to help understand the coping processes after adversity experienced by communities. This article reports on the perspectives of individual resilience by community stakeholders (n = 20) and parents (n = 19) who experienced a devastating wildfire. The findings show the links between individual and community resilience through our key themes—personality, physical environment, economy, attachment to place and social interactions—influenced the development of community resilience. Further exploration to determine the differences in the significance of these individual resilience characteristics and the ways in which they help individuals and communities deal with adversity is warranted. Finally, future research studies that illustrate an integrated examination of both individual and community resilience are warranted in order to more fully understand this concept.

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  • Judith Kulig & Anna Pujadas Botey, 2016. "Facing a wildfire: What did we learn about individual and community resilience?," Natural Hazards: Journal of the International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, Springer;International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, vol. 82(3), pages 1919-1929, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:nathaz:v:82:y:2016:i:3:d:10.1007_s11069-016-2277-1
    DOI: 10.1007/s11069-016-2277-1
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    1. Kirsten Maclean & Michael Cuthill & Helen Ross, 2014. "Six attributes of social resilience," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 57(1), pages 144-156, January.
    2. Helen Boon & Alison Cottrell & David King & Robert Stevenson & Joanne Millar, 2012. "Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological theory for modelling community resilience to natural disasters," Natural Hazards: Journal of the International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, Springer;International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, vol. 60(2), pages 381-408, January.
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    Resilience; Disaster; Communities; Wildfires; Adversity;

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