This provocative and useful volume is a step-by-step guide to assist professionals in implementing valid and useful community research and creating preventive interventions that have positive and lasting effects on the development of the community. The authors--including James G. Kelly, one of the fathers of prevention--offer valuable suggestions for developing community processes to assist the prevention researcher and the community in designing research that is embedded in the community. Experts focus on the topics that can help establish and sustain effective long-term working relationships with community members. Numerous examples illustrate how the collaborative working relationship can create the variety of resources that are needed to eventually implement policy changes stimulated by the research and help to sustain the impact of the research findings after the research has been completed.This exciting book illustrates how community research related to the prevention of mental illness and the promotion of mental health can be scientific and objective, as well as a positive collaboration between the research staff and community members.
- Focus upon community needs
- Emphasize educational activities to support the prevention research
- Identify points of policy impact before the research begins
- Enhance the development of social networks and social support systems for the development of competencies
- Provide criteria for the selection of systemic variables for the research
- Include reference to the multiple levels of a community which may affect the research topic
- Specify ways in which participants can identify and own the research topic
- Outline criteria for assessing the side effects of the prevention research
In order to better understand the needs, values, commitments, and resources of the community in which he or she is working, the researcher is encouraged to select research topics derived from underlying community needs, educated the public about prevention, identify points of policy impact, and determine the informal social networks that enhance the development of social competencies in the community.
The benefits of the collaborative relationship between prevention researchers and the community are strongly emphasized.
A Guide to Conducting Prevention Research in the Community aims to guide citizens and professionals in implementing valid and useful community research and create preventive interventions that have positive and lasting effects on the development of the community.