Engaging community in a cycle of praxis: Multicultural perspectives on personal relational and collective wellness

Vicky Totikidis, Isaac Prilleltensky

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This study employed an action research model known as the community wellness cycle of praxis in research with culturally diverse community members from the St Albans region (Melbourne, Australia). The major aim of the study was to gain a theoretical and pragmatic understanding of well-being from a multicultural perspective. In order to meet this aim, a qualitative study was designed to find out (1) What are the community ideals; needs; and strengths of residents of St Albans, and (2) What actions can be undertaken to improve the well-being of the community? The research involved focus groups with a total of 29 Anglo, Maltese, Vietnamese and Italian community members. The first research question was addressed by asking community members systematically about positive and negative aspects of personal, relational and collective well-being. The second research question was addressed by asking community members to generate ideas on what could be done to improve well-being and by identifying issues of concern that emerged throughout the research. The issues identified by participants offer a rich picture of community ideals, strengths and needs, as well as possible actions that could improve personal, relational and collective wellness in St Albans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-67
Number of pages21
JournalCommunity, Work and Family
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2006
Externally publishedYes



  • Community well-being
  • Community wellness cycle of praxis
  • Community wellness model
  • Multicultural
  • Qualitative research

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  • Social Sciences(all)

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