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The role of the natural environment in disaster recovery: "We live here because we love the bush".

08:00 EDT 10th April 2019 | BioPortfolio

Summary of "The role of the natural environment in disaster recovery: "We live here because we love the bush"."

This mixed-methods study explored the role of connection to the natural environment in recovery from the 'Black Saturday' bushfires that blazed across Victoria, Australia, in February 2009. Qualitative findings demonstrated that many participants had a strong connection to the natural environment, experienced considerable grief as a result of its devastation in the fires and drew solace from seeing it regenerate over the following months and years. Quantitative analyses indicated that a strong attachment to the environment was associated with reduced psychological distress, fewer symptoms of major depression and fire-related PTSD, and higher levels of resilience, post-traumatic growth and life satisfaction. While social connections are increasingly recognized as supportive of disaster recovery, the influence of landscapes also needs to be recognized in terms of the impact of their destruction as well as their therapeutic potential.

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Name: Health & place
ISSN: 1873-2054
Pages: 61-69

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