Using qualitative methods to develop contextually relevant measures and preventive interventions: An illustration
Data Collection, Statistical Data Interpretation, Family Health, Focus Groups, Health Planning, Parenting, Poverty, Program Development, Research Design, Social Behavior Disorders, Social Environment, Southwestern United States, Psychological Stress
American Journal of Community Psychology
Qualitative methods were used to develop a contextually relevant quantitative measure of parenting stress and inform the design of family-focused interventions aimed at preventing adolescent mental and behavioral health problems. The study focused on the experiences of low-income one- and two-parent families representing three ethnic groups (Mexican, African, and European Americans) living in low-income neighborhoods in a large Southwestern city. This report describes the place of this study in a broader program of prevention research, the qualitative methods and data analysis procedures employed, and how the results were used to develop a new measure of parenting stress and inform future program design. The report also includes reflective comments on the methods used and lessons gained.
Dumka, L. E.,
Gonzales, N. A.,
Wood, J. L.,
(1998). Using qualitative methods to develop contextually relevant measures and preventive interventions: An illustration. American Journal of Community Psychology, 26(4), 605-637.
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