‘Bringing back respect’: the role of participatory action research in transferring knowledge from an Aboriginal men’s group to youth programs

McCalman, Janya, Tsey, Komla, Baird, Bradley, Connolly, Brian, Baird, Leslie, and Jackson, Rita (2009) ‘Bringing back respect’: the role of participatory action research in transferring knowledge from an Aboriginal men’s group to youth programs. Australasian Psychiatry, 17 (s1). S59-S63.

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Abstract

Objective: This case study describes the efforts of an Aboriginal men's group to facilitate and support the empowerment of young people in their community. It is part of a broader participatory action research (PAR) study of men's groups.

Method: Data was derived from quarterly reflective PAR sessions with men's and youth workers and steering committee members, interviews with workers, and focus groups with young people. The data was coded and categorized, with five themes identified.

Results: Key opportunities and challenges related to building staff capacity, engaging young people, giving voice to young people and reconciling diverse community views. Emerging outcomes included young people's definition of vision and values, social cohesion, personal achievements and recognition. The youth projects also resulted in local employment, improvements in workforce capacity and proposals to extend the empowerment model in Yarrabah and transfer it to another community.

Conclusion: PAR frameworks provide a useful tool for facilitating and sustaining empowerment outcomes. They can be used to support the transfer of knowledge and skills from one Aboriginal community group to another.

Item ID: 10776
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1665
Keywords: Aboriginal; empowerment; men’s groups; participatory action research; young people
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2010 00:57
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health @ 70%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920505 Mens Health @ 30%
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