College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

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

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1998

Keywords

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

Publication Title

American Journal of Community Psychology

ISSN

0091-0562

Volume

26

Issue/No.

4

Abstract

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

Peer Reviewed

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