Journal article

The effect of group involvement on post-disaster mental health: A longitudinal multilevel analysis

H Colin Gallagher, Karen Block, Lisa Gibbs, David Forbes, Dean Lusher, Robyn Molyneaux, John Richardson, Philippa Pattison, Colin MacDougall, Richard A Bryant



Involvement in voluntary associations is a key form of social capital and plays an especially important role following disaster as a venue for coordination and decision-making for the wider community. Yet, relatively little attention has been paid to how group involvement affects mental health, at either the individual or community level. The aim of this study was to assess the impact of involvement in voluntary associations on mental health among residents of bushfire-affected communities. A longitudinal sample of 642 individuals affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires in south-eastern Australia were surveyed in 2012 and 2014 (3- and 5-years post-disaster). A further subsample (n = 552) of..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported through an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant (LP100200164), along with the contributions of these partner organisations: Outer East Health and Community Support Alliance, Bendigo Loddon Primary Care Partnership, Lower Hume Primary Care Partnership, Central West Gippsland Primary Care Partnership, Banyule Nillumbik Primary Care Alliance, Central Hume Primary Care Partnership, Australian Red Cross, Australian Rotary Health, Victorian Department of Health, Centrelink.