Mental health perceptions of rural community members and firefighting personnel after a wildfire

dc.contributor.authorKimmel, Ainslee
dc.contributor.supervisorKulig, Judith Celene
dc.descriptionxi, 193 leaves ; 29 cmen_US
dc.description.abstractWildfires in Canada and around the world are increasing in frequency each year from factors such as accumulated fuel load, climate changes, and pine beetle infestation. Due to an increased proportion of individuals living in the wildland–urban interface areas within Canada and due to the increasing need for firefighters to fight the growing number of fires that burn each year, the potential threat for humans is also becoming greater. Conducted on the 2009 West Kelowna, British Columbia wildfires, this descriptive, exploratory, qualitative study incorporates quantitative validity measurements to investigate factors related to individual variations in psychological distress and posttraumatic growth (PTG). The findings revealed that perception of control, social support, compounding stressors (i.e., dual roles, ongoing responsibilities and personal issues), and coping methods (i.e., debriefing, humour, self-care behaviours, and reflection) were precursors to psychological health and resilience. Since wildfires are increasing in Canada as well as on a global scale, understanding how they affect residents and firefighting personnel from a mental health perspective is important to research, as it can lead to identifying more effective interventions, better provision of disaster relief services, and increase individual resilience.en_US
dc.publisherLethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, c2012en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesThesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education)en_US
dc.subjectWildfire fighters -- British Columbiaen_US
dc.subjectWildfire fighters -- Job stressen_US
dc.subjectWildfire fighters -- Health and hygieneen_US
dc.subjectWildfire fighters -- Mental healthen_US
dc.subjectForest fire fighters -- British Columbiaen_US
dc.subjectForest fire fighters| -- Job stressen_US
dc.subjectForest fire fighters -- Health and hygieneen_US
dc.subjectForest fire fighters -- Mental healthen_US
dc.subjectPost-traumatic stress disorderen_US
dc.subjectWildfires -- British Columbiaen_US
dc.subjectForest fires -- British Columbiaen_US
dc.subjectWildfires -- Social aspects -- British Columbiaen_US
dc.subjectForest fires -- Social aspects -- British Columbiaen_US
dc.subjectDissertations, Academicen_US
dc.titleMental health perceptions of rural community members and firefighting personnel after a wildfireen_US
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