Trajectories of community resilience over a multi-crisis period: A repeated cross-sectional study among small rural communities in Southern Israel

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Abstract

Community resilience is posited as a cornerstone in communities’ ability to cope with crises; however, the majority of studies that measured community resilience do not account for the dynamics over time and in the face of different adversities. A repeated cross-sectional design was used, analyzing a succession of surveys spanning a period of six years, to characterize changes in community resilience over a multi-crisis period among small communities in Southern Israel. The results suggest that man-made threats, particularly armed conflicts, erode resiliency to a greater degree than do the Covid-19 viral pandemic. Weak links (such as parents of young children) were identified, and a potential path towards the building of safety nets around them is highlighted, for example by encouraging bonds with healthy veteran residents during peacetime.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103006
JournalInternational Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
Volume76
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Jun 2022

Keywords

  • Community health
  • Community resilience
  • Covid-19
  • Geopolitical conflict
  • Man-made hazards
  • Repeated cross-sectional design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Safety Research
  • Geology

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