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

Sally Nathan, Anne Bunde-Birouste, Clifton Evers, Lynn Kemp, Julie MacKenzie, Robert Henley

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587/1-587/12
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2010

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