The 'Voices' Project: Capacity-building in Community Development for Youth at Risk

Benjamin Bradley, Judith Deighton, Jane Selby

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We report three cycles of an 'action research' project aimed at increasing the capacities of young people at risk in a rural Australian town. Drawing on an 'experience-based' approach to risk assessment and the concept of collective efficacy, we aimed to provide a group of 10 young people with a safe and uncensored space within which to voice their own concerns about the risks and problems confronting them. Their stories were then made public through theatrical performance. The purpose of the article is to demonstrate the dynamics of capacity-building in marginalized communities as a means of producing the political changes required for improving health outcomes in a setting previously opposed to such a strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-212
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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