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Hasford, Julian; Loomis, Colleen; Nelson, Geoffrey; Pancer, S. Mark – Youth & Society, 2016
This comparative study examined how participation in an early childhood development (ECD) program, "Better Beginnings, Better Futures," for children (ages 4-8) relates to sense of community (SOC) in later adolescence (ages 18-19). Youths' stories (N = 96) about community experiences, collected by semistructured, open-ended interviews,…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Sense of Community, Children, Late Adolescents
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Nelson, Geoffrey; Ochocka, Joanna; Janzen, Rich; Trainor, John – Journal of Community Psychology, 2006
Mental health consumer-run organizations are alternatives to mainstream mental health services, and they have the dual focus of supporting members and creating systems change. The existing literature suggests that these organizations have beneficial impacts on social support, community integration, personal empowerment, subjective quality of life,…
Descriptors: Mental Health Programs, Health Services, Community Organizations, Self Help Programs
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Nelson, Geoffrey; Ochocka, Joanna; Janzen, Rich; Trainor, John – Journal of Community Psychology, 2006
To evaluate the impacts of participation in mental health Consumer/Survivor Initiatives (CSIs), we used a nonequivalent control group design to compare new, active participants in CSIs ( n = 61) with nonactive participants ( n = 57) at baseline, 9-month, and 18-month follow-up intervals. The two groups were comparable at baseline on a wide range…
Descriptors: Mental Health Programs, Health Services, Community Organizations, Self Help Programs
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Janzen, Rich; Nelson, Geoffrey; Trainor, John; Ochocka, Joanna – Journal of Community Psychology, 2006
The purpose of this article is to report on the system-level findings of a longitudinal study of four mental health consumer-run self-help organizations. Quantitative and qualitative data revealed that staff and members of the four Consumer/Survivor Initiatives (CSIs) participated actively in system-level activities, including community planning,…
Descriptors: Mental Health Programs, Health Services, Community Organizations, Self Help Programs