1st Edition

Community Action Research Benefits to Community Members and Service Providers

By Roger N. Reeb Copyright 2006
    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    182 Pages
    by Routledge

    Discover how to better help those in your community in need of services

    Community Action Research comprehensively explores models for community action research, incorporating quantitative and qualitative research to highlight the advantages to community members as well as the volunteers/paraprofessionals who implement the services. Respected experts present the latest research on the fulfillment of the needs of community members as well as the benefits to the volunteers and paraprofessionals, including psychological empowerment, psychological sense of community, and other facets of personal development.

    Community Action Research is helpfully organized into two sections. The first section presents a sample of empirical studies that examines whether community action research demonstrated benefits for community members. The second section provides empirical studies that show the positive impact of community action research on the personal development of volunteers and paraprofessionals who provided the research-related services. This detailed text is carefully referenced and uses several tables to enhance understanding of research data.

    Community Action Research discusses:

    • the Adolescent Diversion Project as an alternative to juvenile court
    • home-based behavior modification programs for autistic children
    • the People Awakening Project and the role paraprofessionals played in Alaska Native sobriety
    • a crime prevention project launched by a residential neighborhood association
    • the Actual Community Empowerment Reading Program which utilized community members as literacy tutors
    • the Community Service Self-Efficacy Scale’s reliability and validity
    • the Hawaiian Studies Program’s weekly participation in community service-learning exercises
    • and more!

    Community Action Research is insightful reading for psychologists, sociologists, social workers, criminal justice researchers and professionals, community counselors, practitioners and researchers in community prevention and intervention, clinical supervisors, service learning specialists, educators, students, and mental health and human services program administrators, planners, or evaluators.

    • Foreword
    • Community Action Research: An Introduction (Roger N. Reeb)
    • Issues Facing the Dissemination of Prevention Programs: Three Decades of Research on the Adolescent Diversion Project (Marisa L. Sturza and William S. Davidson II)
    • Assessment of Home-Based Behavior Modification Programs for Autistic Children: Reliability and Validity of the Behavioral Summarized Evaluation (Brent J. Oneal, Roger N. Reeb, John R. Korte, and Eliot J. Butter)
    • The Tools to Understand: Community as Co-Researcher on Culture-Specific Protective Factors for Alaska Natives (James Allen, Gerald V. Mohatt, S. Michelle Rasmus, Kelly L. Hazel, Lisa Thomas, Sharon Lindley, and The PA Team)
    • An Evaluation of the Effects of Neighborhood Mobilization on Community Problems (Patrick G. Donnelly and Charles E. Kimble)
    • Literacy for the Community, by the Community (Peter W. Dowrick and JoAnn W. L. Yuen)
    • The Community Service Self-Efficacy Scale: Further Evidence of Reliability and Validity (Roger N. Reeb)
    • Community Elder-Care in Tasmania: Examining Whether Caregivers Believe They “Make-A-Difference” in an Urban and Rural Island (Joseph R. Ferrari, Monica Kapoor, Maya J. Bristow, and H. Woods Bowman)
    • Becoming Better Health Care Providers: Outcomes of a Primary Care Service-Learning Project in Medical School (Cynthia A. Olney, Judith E. Livingston, Stanley I. Fisch, and Melissa A. Talamantes)
    • Student Outcomes Associated with Service-Learning in a Culturally Relevant High School Program (Lois A. Yamauchi, Shelley H. Billig, Stephen Meyer, and Linda Hofschire)
    • Index
    • Reference Notes Included


    Roger N. Reeb