Youths As Partners in a Community Participatory Project for Substance Use Prevention

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Eunhee Park, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This community-based participatory research project aimed to develop strategies to prevent youth substance use in a rural county. This article (1) describes the project phases, (2) examines unique contributions and considerations of youth involvement, and (3) explores the youths' perspective. Twelve youths, aged 16 to 18 years, joined parents, community leaders, and research specialists on the community-based participatory research team. The youths were integrally involved in all phases including the community assessment, community leader interviews, selection of a substance use prevention program, and program implementation. Youths reported sustained enthusiasm, experiences of authentic leadership, development of research skills, and greater awareness of their community.

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Family & Community Health
Language: English
Date: 2015
adolescent, community-based participatory research, health education, rural, substance-related disorders

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