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[[Image:Swedish countryside.jpg|thumb|250px|Sign in a rural area in Dalarna, [[Sweden]]]]
 
[[Image:Swedish countryside.jpg|thumb|250px|Sign in a rural area in Dalarna, [[Sweden]]]]
 
[[Image:Countryside Lowell, IN.JPG|thumb|250px|A rural area west of U.S. Route 41 and Lowell, Indiana.]]
 
[[Image:Countryside Lowell, IN.JPG|thumb|250px|A rural area west of U.S. Route 41 and Lowell, Indiana.]]
   
 
Rural environments are areas (referred to as "the countryside") are large and isolated areas of a country, often with low [[population density]].
 
Rural environments are areas (referred to as "the countryside") are large and isolated areas of a country, often with low [[population density]].
 
==Classification==
 
The term '''rurals''' is used as an expression of different [[rural]] areas as not being homogeneously defined. Many authors involved in [[mental health]] research in rural areas, stress the importance of steering clear of inflexible blanket definitions of [[rurality]]<ref>Philo C., Parr H., and Burns N., (2003) Rural madness: a geographical reading and critique of the rural mental health literature, ''Journal of Rural Studies'', Volume 19, Issue 3, pp. 259-281. *[http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/B6VD9-48CWWMB-2/2/06ab1125f19cbff80630fc0104448c9e)]</Ref> (Philo, 2003), and to instead "select definitions of rurality that are appropriate to the study being conducted"<ref>* Cloke, P., (1977) An index of rurality for England and Wales. ''Regional Studies B'' 11, pp. 31–46.</ref>.
 
 
Cloke's index categorises all areas of England and Wales into four criteria: extreme rural, intermediate rural, intermediate non-rural and extreme non-rural; as well as urban areas. Cloke used 16 different ways of drawing the conclusions for his model, all of which lead to the measure of an area's rurality.
 
 
   
   

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