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Searching for evidence: what works in Indigenous mental health promotion?

Clelland, Nicole A., Gould, P. and Parker, E. (2007). Searching for evidence: what works in Indigenous mental health promotion?. Health Promotion Journal of Australia,18(3):208-216.

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IRMA ID 10504xPUB1
Title Searching for evidence: what works in Indigenous mental health promotion?
Author Clelland, Nicole A.
Gould, P.
Parker, E.
Journal Name Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 18
Issue Number 3
ISSN 1036-1073   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 208
End Page 216
Total Pages 9
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Australian Health Promotion Association
Field of Research 1117 - Public Health and Health Services
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Issue addressed: The high rates of mental health issues confronting Indigenous populations makes it imperative that action to promote mental health and prevent the development of mental health problems in these populations is effective. An accumulating evidence base for mental health promotion now exists; however, it remains significantly underdeveloped for Indigenous groups. Methods: This paper outlines the key findings of a systematic review of the literature undertaken to identify attributes of effective Indigenous mental health promotion interventions. Results: Conclusive evidence of the efficacy of Indigenous mental health promotion interventions could not be determined, because the current evidence base is limited. However, this review did highlight a number of important findings. Firstly, there were few well conducted intervention evaluations; in many, the design was weak and insufficient information was supplied to assess effectiveness. Secondly, Indigenous mental health promotion initiatives commonly focused on individual behaviour change, rather than the broader social, ecological or policy determinants. Thirdly, many interventions involved extensive Indigenous participation, thus supporting cultural relevance and community involvement, essential for the future of Indigenous mental health promotion. Conclusions: There is insufficient evidence regarding effective mental health promotion and prevention interventions for Indigenous populations.
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