ATTENTION: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Neighbour Day Research

Published Work

Relationships Australia is pleased to announce that new research conducted in collaboration with the Australian National University has been published demonstrating that involvement in Neighbour Day leads to a tangible and sustained reduction in loneliness. Longitudinal research published in Social Science and Medicine confirms that six months after hosting a Neighbour Day event, hosts continue to report a significant increase in their neighbourhood social identification. This increased neighbourhood identification leads to greater social cohesion, improved wellbeing and reduced loneliness.

Fong, P., Cruwys, T., Robinson, S., Haslam, A., Mance. & Fisher, C. (2021). Evidence that loneliness can be reduced by a whole-of-community intervention to increase neighbourhood identification. Social Science and Medicine. Vol 27.

Neighbour Day data has also been used in other published research demonstrating the effects of trust among neighbours on perceived COVID-19 risks.

Cruwys, T., Stevens, M., Donaldson, J. L., Cárdenas, D., Platow, M. J., Reynolds, K. J. & Fong, P. (2021). Perceived COVID-19 risk is attenuated by ingroup trust: evidence from three empirical studies. BMC Public Health, Vol. 21(869). https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-021-10925-3

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