Faculty Articles

Title

Using qualitative methods to develop contextually relevant measures and preventive interventions: An illustration

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1998

Publication Title

American Journal of Community Psychology

Volume

26

Issue/Number

4

First Page

605

ISSN

0091-0562

Last Page

637

Abstract/Excerpt

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.

DOI

10.1023/A:1022145022830

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