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Measuring wellness through interdisciplinary community development: linking the physical, economic and social environment

Blunsdon, Betsy and Davern, Melanie 2007, Measuring wellness through interdisciplinary community development: linking the physical, economic and social environment, Journal of community practice: organizing, planning, development & Change, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 217-238, doi: 10.1300/J125v15n01_10.

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Title Measuring wellness through interdisciplinary community development: linking the physical, economic and social environment
Author(s) Blunsdon, Betsy
Davern, Melanie
Journal name Journal of community practice: organizing, planning, development & Change
Volume number 15
Issue number 1
Start page 217
End page 238
Publisher Haworth Press Inc
Place of publication Binghamton, N.Y.
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1070-5422
1543-3706
Summary The aim of this study is to answer the question: Is there evidence that the quality of life of residents in a community that has had community development intervention is different as compared to the quality of life of residents in a nearby community that did not have community development initiatives? This was done by administering community development initiatives in a local area and comparing it to a similar community that did not receive this intervention. The residents of these communities rated the quality of their lives and communities in two purposively selected suburbs in Perth, Western Australia using the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index to measure individual and neighbourhood well-being. The quality of life of residents in both communities is then compared to national averages for quality of life or well-being. Answering this question provides empirical evidence of variation between ratings of quality of life of residents in different communities and highlights the utility of the Wellbeing Index for the evaluation of interdisciplinary community development
Language eng
DOI 10.1300/J125v15n01_10
Field of Research 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Haworth Press Inc
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007187

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Deakin Graduate School of Business
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