Journal article

Evaluating the health impacts of participation in Australian community arts groups

Margaret Kelaher, David Dunt, Naomi Berman, Steve Curry, Lindy Joubert, Victoria Johnson

HEALTH PROMOTION INTERNATIONAL | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2014

Abstract

This study evaluates the impacts of three well-established community arts programmes in Victoria, Australia, on the mental health and well-being outcomes of participants typically from disadvantaged backgrounds during 2006-07. It employs a theoretical framework that reconciles evidence-based practice in health and the phenomenological nature of community arts practice. Self-determination theory (SDT) was used to do this with SDT-derived psychometric instruments [arts climate and Basic Psychological Needs Scales (BPNS)]. Self-administered surveys using these instruments as well as a measure of social support were undertaken on two occasions. Two overlapping but distinct samples were defined a..

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