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Involvement in Civil Society Groups: Is It Good for Your Health?

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"Involvement in Civil Society Groups: Is It Good for Your Health?"
A. M. Ziersch and F. E. Baum
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 2004; 58:493-500

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