Indigenous men's support groups and social and emotional wellbeing : a meta-synthesis of the evidence

McCalman, Janya, Tsey, Komla, Wenitong, Mark, Wilson, Andrew J., McEwan, Alexandra, James, Yvonne Cadet, & Whiteside, Mary (2010) Indigenous men's support groups and social and emotional wellbeing : a meta-synthesis of the evidence. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 16(2), pp. 159-166.

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Indigenous men’s support groups are designed to empower men to take greater control and responsibility for their health and wellbeing. They provide health education sessions, counselling, men’s health clinics, diversionary programs for men facing criminal charges, cultural activities, drug- and alcohol-free social events, and advocacy for resources. Despite there being ~100 such groups across Australia, there is a dearth of literature on their strategies and outcomes. This paper is based on participatory action research involving two north Queensland groups which were the subject of a series of five ‘phased’ evaluative reports between 2002 and 2007. By applying ‘meta-ethnography’ to the five studies, we identified four themes which provide new interpretations of the data. Self-reported benefits included improved social and emotional wellbeing, modest lifestyle modifications and willingness to change current notions of ‘gendered’ roles within the home, such as sharing housework. Our qualitative research to date suggests that through promoting empowerment, wellbeing and social cohesion for men and their families, men’s support groups may be saving costs through reduced expenditure on health care, welfare, and criminal justice costs, and higher earnings. Future research needs to demonstrate this empirically.

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ID Code: 34224
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Empowerment, Health
DOI: 10.1071/PY09032
ISSN: 1448-7527
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 La Trobe University
Deposited On: 25 Aug 2010 23:16
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