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Social Relations, Community Engagement and Potentials: A Qualitative Study Exploring Resident Engagement in a Community-Based Health Promotion Intervention in a Deprived Social Housing Area

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Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Department of Public Health, Section of Social Medicine, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1014 Copenhagen K, Denmark
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Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Center for Healthy Aging, University of Copenhagen, Blegdamsvej 3B, 2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark
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Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Department of Public Health, Section for Health Services Research, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1014 Copenhagen K, Denmark
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(7), 2341; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072341
Received: 28 February 2020 / Revised: 30 March 2020 / Accepted: 30 March 2020 / Published: 30 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Community Participation in Health Promotion: Challenges and Successes)
Emerging evidence points towards a lower quality of life, fragile social relations and suboptimal health behavior and status of residents living in social housing areas characterized by ethnic diversity and socioeconomic deprivation. Community-based health promotion interventions developed in collaboration with the target group and adjusted to the local context can affect the acceptance of and engagement in such interventions. However, few studies have investigated the potential of community-based interventions in deprived social housing areas. This study explores residents’ perspectives on engagement in a community-based health promotion intervention focusing on enhancing social relations. The study builds on qualitative methods including participant observations combined with pre- and post-intervention interviews with a selected group of residents (n = 9). Data were thematically analyzed with focuses on participation in an everyday life context, concepts of othering, and territorial stigmatization. Engagement in the intervention was motivated by the need to establish and enhance social relations, and to explore the world outside the housing area. However, barriers including cultural and language differences among residents, and competing contextual factors, challenged engagement. We conclude that participatory community-based interventions have a potential to enhance social relations in deprived social housing areas. However, adequate support and efforts to overcome the identified barriers are needed. View Full-Text
Keywords: health promotion; interventions; community participation; deprived social housing areas health promotion; interventions; community participation; deprived social housing areas
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Srivarathan, A.; Lund, R.; Christensen, U.; Kristiansen, M. Social Relations, Community Engagement and Potentials: A Qualitative Study Exploring Resident Engagement in a Community-Based Health Promotion Intervention in a Deprived Social Housing Area. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 2341. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072341

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Srivarathan A, Lund R, Christensen U, Kristiansen M. Social Relations, Community Engagement and Potentials: A Qualitative Study Exploring Resident Engagement in a Community-Based Health Promotion Intervention in a Deprived Social Housing Area. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(7):2341. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072341

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Srivarathan, Abirami, Rikke Lund, Ulla Christensen, and Maria Kristiansen. 2020. "Social Relations, Community Engagement and Potentials: A Qualitative Study Exploring Resident Engagement in a Community-Based Health Promotion Intervention in a Deprived Social Housing Area" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 7: 2341. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072341

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