A participatory action research process with a rural Indigenous men's group: monitoring and reinforcing change

Tsey, Komla, Wenitong, Mark, McCalman, Janya, Whiteside, Mary, Baird, Leslie, Patterson, David, Baird, Bradley, Fagan, Ruth, Cadet-James, Yvonne, and Wilson, Andrew (2004) A participatory action research process with a rural Indigenous men's group: monitoring and reinforcing change. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 10 (3). pp. 130-136.

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Since 2001 a team of academic researchers and medical practitioners have been collaborating with Yarrabah Men's Health Group leaders implementing a PAR process designed to support the men in their own words 'take their rightful place' in contemporary Australian society. The formative stages of the PAR process including the development of a strategy plan and an accompanying Dos and Don'ts checklist for the men to monitor their own progress over time have been documented in a previous paper (Tsey, Paterson, Whiteside, Bird and Bird, 2002). Other follow-up papers described the step by step PAR process over the first twelve months, highlighting key challenges and opportunities involved in order to provide much needed direction for others interested in undertaking similar community action-oriented research. (Tsey, Paterson, Whiteside, Bird and Bird, 2003; 2004). The present paper addresses another important gap in the PAR and related community development literature, namely, the need to develop innovative evaluation methodologies that enables participants in the PAR process to monitor and reinforce the changes that they have been making as a result of participating in the PAR process. Participation in men's group activities resulted in modest but significant behaviour change among the men. Traditionally 'gendered' approaches to housework constitute major sources of conflict in the family. Creative opportunities need to be available for men to dialogue and reflect on their domestic and gender responsibilities in non-judgemental ways. The study highlights the value of demystifying and making research more relevant to people's day to day living experiences.

Item ID: 724
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1836-7399
Keywords: Indigenous men's groups, Participatory action research, Evaluation methodologies
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© Australian Journal of Primary Health 2004. Author version of article

Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2006
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169902 Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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