Community participation & psychological distress. Helen L Berry National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health ANU College of Medicine & Health Sciences. Acknowledgements. Eurobodalla Shire Council, Eurobodalla Shire, New South Wales, Australia
Helen L Berry
National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health
ANU College of Medicine & Health Sciences
Community participation important for health
Evidence for all – reciprocal causation, mediation & moderation
Chatting with neighbours
Tea breaks with colleagues
Collecting for charity
Organising an activist group
Discussing current affairs
Being on a school board
Being in a choir
Visiting extended family
Writing to a newspaper editor
Living with others
Going on talk-back radio
Standing for electionWhat sorts of activities make up volitional community participation?
1. Berry, H.L., Rodgers, B. & Dear, K.B.G. (2007). Preliminary development and validation of the Australian Community Participation Questionnaire: Types of participation and associations with distress in a coastal region. Social Science & Medicine, 64(8), 1719-1737.
Big 7 Index
# Estimated marginal means controlling for socio-demographic factors
Perceptions about participation2
2. Berry, H.L. & Shipley, M. (forthcoming). Longing to belong: Social capital and mental health in a coastal Australian region.
Note: Pearson Product Moment correlations, significant at *p<.05, ** p<.01, ***p<.001.
Personal social capital3
Implied causality: structural equations modelling
3. Berry, H.L., & Rickwood, D.J. (2000). Measuring social capital at the individual level: Personal Social Capital, values and psychological distress. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 2(3), 35-44.
Note: Pearson Product Moment correlations, significant at ** p<.01, ***p<.001.
Complete all OFCMs, then assemble – theory, confirmatory