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Social cohesion through football: a quasi-experimental mixed methods design to evaluate a complex health promotion program

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Clifton EversORCiD



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Social isolation and disengagement fragments local communities. Evidence indicates that refugee families are highly vulnerable to social isolation in their countries of resettlement. Research to identify approaches to best address this is needed. Football United is a program that aims to foster social inclusion and cohesion in areas with high refugee settlement in New South Wales, Australia, through skills and leadership development, mentoring, and the creation of links with local community and corporate leaders and organisations. The Social Cohesion through Football study's broad goal is to examine the implementation of a complex health promotion program, and to analyse the processes involved in program implementation. The study will consider program impact on individual health and wellbeing, social inclusion and cohesion, as well as analyse how the program by necessity interacts and adapts to context during implementation, a concept we refer to as plasticity. The proposed study will be the first prospective cohort impact study to our knowledge to assess the impact of a comprehensive integrated program using football as a vehicle for fostering social inclusion and cohesion in communities with high refugee settlement.

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Author(s): Nathan S, Bunde-Birouste A, Evers C, Kemp L, Mackenzie J, Henley R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: BMC Public Health

Year: 2010

Volume: 10

Online publication date: 05/10/2010

Acceptance date: 05/10/2010

Date deposited: 16/11/2015

ISSN (electronic): 1471-2458

Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.


DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-10-587

PubMed id: 20920361


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