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Table 2 Types and characteristics of community groups that participants nominated as their most important (n = 160)

From: Participation in rural community groups and links with psychological well-being and resilience: a cross-sectional community-based study

  No. Percent
Group type
 Social 61 39
 Task-focused 29 19
 Both social and task-focused 28 18
 Neither 37 24
Formally organized
 Yes 126 81
 No 29 19
Hierarchical
 Yes 56 36
 No 99 64
Has strict rules
 Yes 57 37
 No 98 63
Relatively relaxed/casual
 Yes 94 61
 No 61 39
Has a leader
 Yes 116 75
 No 39 25
Group members have clearly defined roles
 Yes 71 46
 No 84 54
People in the group are similar to one another
 Agree 90 56
 Do not agree 70 44
Participants’ influence within the group
 Little or none 42 27
 Some or a lot 114 73
Number of group members
 0–19 56 37
 20–49 42 27
 50+ 55 36
Length of time the group has existed
 Less than 5 years 16 11
 Between 5 and 20 years 30 20
 More than 20 years 104 69
How often the group gains new members
 Rarely or never 21 14
 Occasionally 94 62
 Often 37 24
How often group meets
 One or more times a week 83 58
 Fortnightly or monthly 58 41
 Never meets 2 1