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Health Promot Pract. 2006 Oct;7(4):459-66. Epub 2006 Jul 13.

Using community ties to facilitate school-based prevention research.

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  • 1Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky 40506, USA. pkcupp00@uky.edu

Abstract

One of the greatest obstacles to conducting school-based HIV/STD/pregnancy prevention research with adolescents is the reluctance of administrators or site-based decision-making councils to commit their teachers and students to participation in a project designed and managed by an outside group of researchers. A major concern is that researchers may not understand or agree with community sensitivities about such personal topics. By first establishing a collaborative relationship with health district educators currently working in Appalachian schools and residing in those communities, one finds a distinct advantage in terms of gaining admittance to area schools. The presence of local health educators at formative meetings also alloys many concerns of community members, as they view these local participants as monitors of outsider research efforts, thereby protecting the community culture from undue outside influence. During the course of the current study, health educators found they also learned more about their communities and about HIV prevention.

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