A social ecological approach to understanding resilience among rural youth

Authored by: Nora Didkowsky , Michael Ungar

The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Resilience

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138954878
eBook ISBN: 9781315666716
Adobe ISBN: 9781317355946


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Global economic forces and urban-centric policies, among other issues, have produced significant social, environmental, and economic transformations in rural areas (Fairbairn, 1998; Markey, Halseth, & Manson, 2008). Among the consequences of these changes has been increased out-migration by young people (Dupuy, Mayer, & Morissette, 2000). Those that remain face degraded resources such as weakened health and social services, a lack of public transportation (Halseth & Ryser, 2006), limited post-secondary educational facilities, and fewer employment opportunities (Corbett, 2005). Yet, despite the many obstacles that young people experience in rural areas, there are many who show resilience, demonstrating psychological and social well-being as they negotiate for the resources they need to cope well with adversity.

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