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Title: Planning for empowerment in health promotion with socio-economically disadvantaged communities: experiences with a small group approach
Authors: Van den Broucke, Stephan ×
Hennion, Wouter
Vernaillen, Neelke #
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Archives Belges de Médecine Sociale / Belgisch Archief van Sociale Geneeskunde
Series Title: Archives of Public Health vol:2006 issue:64 pages:143-158
Abstract: Socio-economically disadvantaged people seldom have influence on the decision making processes which affect their health. Health promotion interventions targeted towards these groups should therefore involve a process of empowerment, enabling these persons to increase control
over the determinants of their health and to participate in actions that create a health-facilitating social environment. The present study examines the possibilities to integrate empowerment in the planning for health promotion with underprivileged people, using a participatory approach in small groups. The focus group method was used to perform a community analysis and health needs assessment in collaboration with representatives of four socio-economicallydeprived communities. A qualitative analysis of the data, consisting of participant observation, narratives and consensus meetings, showed an
increased awareness about health issues, participation and sense of control in the participating groups. Based on these results, practical suggestions are offered for health promotion workers to facilitate an empowerment process in the planning for health promotion in underprivileged
communities.
ISSN: 0778-7367
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Health Psychology
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