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A golf programme for people with severe and enduring mental health problems

David Carless (Department of Exercise and Health Sciences, University of Bristol)
Kitrina Douglas (Department of Exercise and Health Sciences, University of Bristol)

Journal of Public Mental Health

ISSN: 1746-5729

Article publication date: 1 December 2004

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Abstract

This article reports an experimental golf programme initiated for people with severe and enduring mental health problems partly to promote physical activity and partly as a socially inclusive activity. The programme was organised for a small, pilot group and evaluated using qualitative case study data collected during the programme. The success of the programme was indicated by the high attendance rates of participants, their voiced enthusiasm for the sessions and for the social interaction after the games, and the fact that many members of the first group continue to play and new members have joined the group, even though sessions are no longer being organised and paid for.

Citation

Carless, D. and Douglas, K. (2004), "A golf programme for people with severe and enduring mental health problems", Journal of Public Mental Health, Vol. 3 No. 4, pp. 26-39. https://doi.org/10.1108/17465729200400026

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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