Indigenous men taking their rightful place in society? A preliminary analysis of a participatory action research process with Yarrabah Men's Health Group

Tsey, K, Patterson, D, Whiteside, M, Baird, L, and Baird, B (2002) Indigenous men taking their rightful place in society? A preliminary analysis of a participatory action research process with Yarrabah Men's Health Group. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 10 (6). pp. 278-284.

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Abstract

Men’s groups are increasingly being accepted as an important strategy in improving health and wellbeing, especially in Indigenous communities. However it is hard to find systematic documentation and evaluation of such initiatives in the literature. This paper analyses the formative stages of a participatory action research (PAR) process which aims to engage and support the members of the Yarrabah Men’s Health Group plan, implement and evaluate their activities. Data for the paper is based on a combination of a review of relevant literature, analysis of project documentation, participant observation and discussion and reflection with the participants of the men’s group. The paper highlights the importance of a) using a reflective approach, such as PAR, to engage men’s support groups to clearly define the principles and values which both define them and to which they aspire and b) personal development, education and employment, as a pre-requisite for Indigenous men taking greater control and responsibility for their lives.

These types of micro-level studies have important implications for the way community development is perceived and approached in Indigenous settings. There are also implications for the roles that academic researchers can play in supporting and adding value to community-driven initiatives to the mutual benefit of both parties.

Item ID: 707
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Indigenous men’s groups, Control factor, Participatory action research, Community development
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Copyright 2002 Blackwell Publishing. The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com

ISSN: 1440-1584
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2006
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services @ 0%
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