Number 39: Longing to belong: personal social capital and psychological distress in an Australian coastal region

Seven types of community participation—including taking an active interest in current affairs, socialising with household members, friends, extended family and neighbours, taking part in organised community activities and religious observance—have been independently linked to better mental health. Using data from the Eurobodalla Study, the authors investigated whether respondents considered their levels of participation to represent too little or too much time spent engaging in these seven types of participation and whether or not they enjoyed their participation.

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