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Engaging youth in communities: a framework for promoting adolescent and community health
  1. Parissa J Ballard1,
  2. S Leonard Syme2
  1. 1University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Francisco, California, USA
  2. 2University of California, Berkeley, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Parissa J Ballard, University of California, Berkeley and University of California, >#50 University Hall, MC #7360, San Francisco, CA 94720-7360, USA; ballardpj{at}berkeley.edu

Abstract

Health researchers and practitioners increasingly recognise the important role communities play in shaping individual health. Health researchers recognise the role of community factors as causes or determinants of health problems; use community-based methods for understanding complex health issues; and design community-level health solutions. In this commentary, we propose a fourth way to think about the role of communities in individual health by arguing that the community engagement process itself has implications for individual health and strong communities. This topic is especially important during adolescence, a developmental window of opportunity during which individuals need meaningful opportunities to contribute to the world around them.

  • SOCIAL CAPITAL
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • POLICY

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