Pathways to mental health improvement in a community-led area-based empowerment initiative:evidence from the Big Local 'Communities in Control' study, England

McGowan, V.J. and Wistow, J. and Lewis, S.J. and Bambra, C. and Popay, J. (2019) Pathways to mental health improvement in a community-led area-based empowerment initiative:evidence from the Big Local 'Communities in Control' study, England. Journal of Public Health, 41 (4). pp. 850-857. ISSN 1741-3842

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Abstract

Background Area-based initiatives that include a focus on community empowerment are increasingly being seen as potentially an important way of improving health and reducing inequalities. However, there is little empirical evidence on the pathways between communities having more control and health outcomes. Purpose To identify pathways to health improvement in a community-led area-based community empowerment initiative. Methods Longitudinal data on mental health, community control, area belonging, satisfaction, social cohesion and safety were collected over two time points, 6 months apart from 48 participants engaged in the Big Local programme, England. Qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) was used to explore pathways to health improvement. Results There was no clear single pathway that led to mental health improvement but positive changes in ‘neighbourhood belonging’ featured in 4/5 health improvement configurations. Further, where respondents experienced no improvement in key social participation/control factors, they experienced no health improvement. Conclusion This study demonstrates a potential pathway between an improvement in ‘neighbourhood belonging’ and improved mental health outcomes in a community empowerment initiative. Increasing neighbourhood belonging could be a key target for mental health improvement interventions.

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Journal Article
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Journal of Public Health
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07 Oct 2020 10:40
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