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Resilience, Spirituality and Posttraumatic Growth: Reshaping the Effects of Climate Change

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With increased extreme weather events and associated crises, there has been a growing emphasis away from identifying vulnerabilities and ensuring effective disaster management to considering people’s own strategies for coping and adapting. Concepts such as resilience and posttraumatic growth, and the role of spirituality in realizing these, have increasingly been recognized as important to individual and community preparedness and recovery. In this chapter, the authors describe these concepts in the context of climate change and extreme environmental events. In so doing, they address ways to increase resilience in varied cultural contexts.

At the time of writing, Dr Ramsay was a PhD candidate at Monash University. Dr Ramsay is now NGO representative to the United Nations for the Brahma Kumaris. This chapter was made possible with the support of a Monash University Postgraduate Publishing Scholarship.

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Ramsay, T., Manderson, L. (2011). Resilience, Spirituality and Posttraumatic Growth: Reshaping the Effects of Climate Change. In: Weissbecker, I. (eds) Climate Change and Human Well-Being. International and Cultural Psychology. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-9742-5_9

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