Engaging community in a cycle of praxis: multicultural perspectives on personal, relational and collective wellness

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Totikidis, Vicky and Prilleltensky, Isaac (2006) Engaging community in a cycle of praxis: multicultural perspectives on personal, relational and collective wellness. Community, Work & Family, 9 (1). pp. 47-67. ISSN 1366-8803

Abstract

This study employed an action research model known as the community wellness cycle of praxis in research with culturally diverse community members from the St Albans region (Melbourne, Australia). The major aim of the study was to gain a theoretical and pragmatic understanding of well-being from a multicultural perspective. In order to meet this aim, a qualitative study was designed to find out (1) What are the community ideals; needs; and strengths of residents of St Albans, and (2) What actions can be undertaken to improve the well-being of the community? The research involved focus groups with a total of 29 Anglo, Maltese, Vietnamese and Italian community members. The first research question was addressed by asking community members systematically about positive and negative aspects of personal, relational and collective well-being. The second research question was addressed by asking community members to generate ideas on what could be done to improve well-being and by identifying issues of concern that emerged throughout the research. The issues identified by participants offer a rich picture of community ideals, strengths and needs, as well as possible actions that could improve personal, relational and collective wellness in St Albans.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/1823
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13668800500420889
Official URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13668800500420889
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 370000 Studies in Human Society
Historical > RFCD Classification > 420000 Language and Culture
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for International Corporate Governance Research
Keywords community well-being, community wellness model, community wellness cycle of praxis, multicultural, qualitative research
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