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J Community Psychol. 2016 Aug;44(6):781-798. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21801. Epub 2016 Jul 11.

NETWORK STRUCTURE, MULTIPLEXITY, AND EVOLUTION AS INFLUENCES ON COMMUNITY-BASED PARTICIPATORY INTERVENTIONS.

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1
Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California.
2
Department of Health Science, California State University.
3
School of Community and Global Health, Claremont Graduate University.
4
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.

Abstract

This study applies an ecological perspective to the context of community-based participatory research (CBPR). Specifically, it examines how endogenous and exogenous factors influence the dynamics of CBPR partnerships, including the tendency toward reciprocity and transitivity, the organizational type, the level of resource sufficiency, the level of organizational influence, and the perceived CBPR effect on organizations. The results demonstrate that network structure is related to the selection and retention of interorganizational networks over time, and organizations of the same type are more likely to form partnerships with each other. It shows that the dynamics of the CBPR initiative presented in this article were driven by the structure of the interorganizational networks rather than their individual organizational attributes. Implications for sustaining CBPR partnerships are drawn from the findings.

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