News and Events

March 2017

Are you pregnant or a new mum and feeling sad, stressed or nervous, lonely or isolated, or just concerned about how you’re coping (or will cope when you have your baby)?

Then Groups 4 Health Mums could be for you! This evidence-based program helps to address these issues by helping you to strengthen your existing social connections and develop new ones.

We are recruiting mums for new sessions beginning in April, 2017. If you’re interested, visit our Groups 4 Health Mums page at: groups4health.com/mums and sign up to the program!

October 2016

The Society for Personal and Social Psychology has recently published our meta-analysis on the importance of social identification for well-being at work, in Personality and Social Psychology Review. The full press release can be seen here. 

The research was undertaken by SIGN‘s Nik SteffensAlex Haslam, and Jolanda Jetten, as well as Sebastian Schuh and Rolf van Dick. It examined two-decades of work on the relationship between individuals’ social identifications and health in organisations, and revealed a positive association between organizational identification and health. For further media coverage, click here.

June 2016

In June, our SIGN team hosted The 3rd International Conference on Social Identity and Health in Brisbane, Australia. The conference was a great success, and our team were able to share their research on Groups 4 Health and Groups 4 Retirement. If you would like to see some of the outstanding talks from our local and international delegates, please click here

April 2016

Our latest research studies have been launched! G4H is looking at the transition into and beyond retirement. For more information or to participate, please visit our new Groups 4 Retirement page. 

February 2016

Our researchers are receiving a lot of interest in their latest work! A recent study led by Dr. Nik Steffens entitled "Social group memberships in retirement are associated with reduced risk of premature death : Evidence from a longitudinal cohort study" has been a hit on social media! 

To download the research, click here (File Size: 345kb).

To view the UQ News press coverage, follow this link: Want a longer life? Join the club!

February 2016

The results of our initial G4H study have just been published. To download, click here, or refer to its ResearchGate holding.

Reference: Haslam, C., Cruwys, T., Haslam, S. A., Dingle, G., & Chang, M. X.-L. (2016). Groups 4 Health: Evidence that a social-identity intervention that builds and strengthens social group membership improves mental health. Journal of Affective Disorders, 194, 188-195.

Abstract Background: Social isolation and disconnection have profound negative effects on mental health, but there are few, if any, theoretically-derived interventions that directly target this problem. We evaluate a new intervention, Groups 4 Health (G4H), a manualized 5-module psychological intervention that targets the development and maintenance of social group relationships to treat psychological distress arising from social isolation.

Methods: G4H was tested using a non-randomized control design. The program was delivered to young adults presenting with social isolation and affective disturbance. Primary outcome measures assessed mental health (depression, general anxiety, social anxiety, and stress), well-being (life satisfaction, self-esteem) and social connectedness (loneliness, social functioning). Our secondary goal was to assess whether mechanisms of social identification were responsible for changes in outcomes.

Results: G4H was found to significantly improve mental health, well-being, and social connectedness on all measures, both on program completion and 6-month follow-up. In line with social identity theorizing, analysis also showed that improvements in depression, anxiety, stress, loneliness, and life satisfaction were underpinned by participants’ increased identification both with their G4H group and with multiple groups.

Limitations: This study provides preliminary evidence of the potential value of G4H and its underlying mechanisms, but further examination is required in other populations to address issues of generalizability, and in randomized controlled trials to address its wider efficacy.

Conclusions: Results of this pilot study confirm that G4H has the potential to reduce the negative health-related consequences of social disconnection. Future research will determine its utility in wider community contexts.

May 2015

G4H trial started at UQ.

December 2014

G4H training workshop successfully delivered in London.

September 2014

New paper on social identity and depression. Click here to view.