Community resilience as a metaphor, theory, set of capacities, and strategy for disaster readiness.

  title={Community resilience as a metaphor, theory, set of capacities, and strategy for disaster readiness.},
  author={Fran H. Norris and Susan P Stevens and Betty Pfefferbaum and Karen F Wyche and Rose L Pfefferbaum},
  journal={American journal of community psychology},
  volume={41 1-2},
Communities have the potential to function effectively and adapt successfully in the aftermath of disasters. Drawing upon literatures in several disciplines, we present a theory of resilience that encompasses contemporary understandings of stress, adaptation, wellness, and resource dynamics. Community resilience is a process linking a network of adaptive capacities (resources with dynamic attributes) to adaptation after a disturbance or adversity. Community adaptation is manifest in population… CONTINUE READING
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