"Girls take charge"

a community-based participatory research program for adolescent girls.

Judith R Mathews, Therese L Mathews, Emily Mwaja

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Adolescent females are at high risk for health disparities. An approach to minimizing health disparities involves facilitating changes in the environment within the community. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is an important method of producing community change. OBJECTIVES: The objectives were for adolescent females to learn the CBPR process, implement a community health change project, and build capacity by engaging community agencies. METHODS: After conducting an assessment of community problems, the adolescents formed a coalition of community partners and implemented a Lead Poisoning Awareness Fair and a "lock-in" to educate about child maltreatment. A pre- and post-test research design was used. RESULTS: The community changes that resulted were policy change for routine lead testing, a DVD about child maltreatment, and care packages for adolescent mothers. Modest increases in knowledge about lead poisoning and child maltreatment occurred. CONCLUSION: Adolescent females were successful in using CBPR to produce positive community changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-24
Number of pages8
JournalProgress in community health partnerships : research, education, and action
Volume4
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010

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Community-Based Participatory Research
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Child Abuse
Lead Poisoning
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maltreatment
Health
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Child Care
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Research Design
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Mothers
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  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

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"Girls take charge" : a community-based participatory research program for adolescent girls. / Mathews, Judith R; Mathews, Therese L; Mwaja, Emily.

In: Progress in community health partnerships : research, education, and action, Vol. 4, No. 1, 01.03.2010, p. 17-24.

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