Synopsis

This four-year project examined the differences in levels of social capital, mental and physical health between people living in four postcode areas with contrasting socio-economic status within metro-Adelaide. A central focus was with the impact that neighbourhoods characteristics have on the health and well-being of local communities.

Contact

Fran Baum

Project Staff

F Baum, A Ziersch, K Osborne

Partner Research Groups or Other Partners


Funding & duration

National Health & Medical Research Council, Australian Health Inequities Program: 2002-06

Associated Publications


Refereed Journal Articles

  • Baum, F., Ziersch, A., Zhang, G. & Osborne, K. (2009) 'Do perceived neighbourhood cohesion and safety contribute to neighbourhood differences in health?' Health & Place, 15, 925-934.
  • Ziersch, A., Baum, F., Darmawan, I.G.N., Kavanagh, A. & Bentley, R. (2009) 'Social capital and health in rural and urban communities in South Australia.' Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 33, 7-16.
  • Osborne, K., Baum, F. & Ziersch, A. (2009) ‘Negative consequences of community group participation for women’s mental health and well-being: Implications for gender aware social capital building.’ Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 19, 212-224.
  • Osborne, K., Ziersch, A. & Baum, F. (2008) ‘Who participates? Socioeconomic factors associated with women’s participation in voluntary groups.’ Australian Journal of Social Issues, 43(1),103-122.
  • Palmer, C., Ziersch, A., Arthurson, K. & Baum, F. (2005) ‘Danger lurks around every corner’: fear of crime and its impact on opportunities for social interaction in stigmatised Australian suburbs.’ Urban Policy and Research, 23(4), 393-411.
  • Ziersch, A., Putland, C., Palmer, C., MacDougall, C. & Baum, F.  (2007). ‘Neighbourhood life, social capital and perceptions of safety in the Western suburbs of Adelaide.’ Australian Journal of Social Issues, 42(4), 549-562
  • Ziersch, A.  (2005). ‘The health implications of access to social capital: Findings from an Australian study.’ Social Science and Medicine, 61, 2119-31.
  • Ziersch, A. & Baum, F. (2004) ‘Involvement in civil society groups: Is it good for your health?’  Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 58, 493-500.
  • Baum, F. &  Ziersch, A. (2003) ‘Social capital: A glossary.’  Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 57(5), 320-323.
  • Ziersch, A., Baum, F., MacDougall, C. & Putland, C. (2005) ‘Neighbourhood life and social capital: the implications for health.’  Social Science and Medicine, 60(1), 71-86.
  • Ziersch, A., Baum, F., MacDougall, C. & Putland, C. (2005) ‘Neighbourhood life and social capital: the implications for health.’  Social Science and Medicine, 60(1), 71-86.


Project Reports

  • Baum, F., Ziersch, A., Zhang, G., Putland, C., Palmer, C., MacDougall, C., O’Dwyer, L. & Coveney, J. (2007) People and Places: Urban Location, Social Capital and Health, A Policy Report from a NHMRC Funded Project. Adelaide: Flinders Press, Flinders University.

 

Other Publications

 

Conference Papers/Abstracts

  • Ziersch, A., Baum, F., Kavanagh, A. & O’Dwyer, L. (2005)  ‘Social capital in rural and urban communities in South Australia.’ Paper presented at 36th Public Health Association of Australia Annual Conference, Perth, September 2005.
  • O’Dwyer, L., Palmer, C., Ziersch, A. & Baum, F. (2005).  ‘Conceptions of neighbourhood.’ Paper presented at 36th Public Health Association of Australia Annual Conference, Perth, September 2005.
  • Osborne, K., Ziersch, A. & Baum, F. (2005) ‘Social capital and mental health: The role of gender, socioeconomic status and local neighbourhood.’ Paper presented at Public Health Association of Australia (SA) Conference, Adelaide, October 2005.
  • Baum, F. & Ziersch, A. (2007) ‘Linking social capital, health and class:  an Adelaide study.’ Paper presented at 38th Annual Public Health Association of Australia, Alice Springs, September 2007.
  • Ziersch, A., Baum, F., Putland, C. & MacDougall, C. (2007) ‘Local neighbourhood involvement in four socioeconomically contrasting areas:  What does it mean for community-based practice?’  Paper presented at Australian Health Promotion Association Conference, 17th National Conference, Adelaide, May 2007.
  • Baum, F., Ziersch, A., Palmer, C., Zhang, G., Putland, P., & O’Dwyer, l. (2006).  ‘Location and Health, Social Capital & Equity in Adelaide’. Paper presented at International Society for Equity in Health (ISEqH) 4th Biennial International Conference, Adelaide, September 2006.
  • Osborne, K., Baum, F. & Ziersch, A. (2006). ‘Social capital and women’s mental health.’ Paper presented at International Society for Equity in Health (ISEqH) 4th Biennial International Conference, Adelaide, September 2006.
  • Putland, C. Palmer, C. Baum, F. & Ziersch, A. (2006) ‘Lay conceptions of health inequities: informing policy and program responses in Australia.’ Paper presented at 37th Annual Public Health Association of Australia, Sydney, October 2006.
  • Osborne, K., Ziersch, A., & Baum, F., (2006) ‘Women's social capital: the implications for mental health.’ Tackling the determinants of health: 37th Public Health Association of Australia Annual Conference: Program and Abstracts, 23-23