People who live in rural areas have been described as resilient. Resilience is the ability of adults to maintain relatively stable and healthy levels of psychological and physical functioning after experiencing potentially disruptive or traumatic events. Resilience is the product of both personal and environmental factors. For example, gender, race and age are personal factors, and education and social support are environmental factors associated with resilience.
In this study, researchers from the University of Kansas will interview individuals from our Ecology of Rural Disability study. Specifically, they will select individuals that we would expect to be participating at very low levels based on responses to the survey. For example, we may select individuals who report high levels of secondary conditions and environmental barriers but who also report high levels of participation. We will interview these individuals to understand how and why they overcome personal and environmental barriers to participate in their communities.
- Project dates: 2013-2018
- Funded by: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Grant No. H133B130028
- Principal staff: Craig Ravesloot, Ph.D.
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