"Girls take charge": a community-based participatory research program for adolescent girls.

Judith R. Mathews, Therese L. Mathews, Emily Mwaja

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BACKGROUND: Adolescent females are at high risk for health disparities. An approach to minimizing health disparities involves facilitating changes in the environment within the community. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is an important method of producing community change. OBJECTIVES: The objectives were for adolescent females to learn the CBPR process, implement a community health change project, and build capacity by engaging community agencies. METHODS: After conducting an assessment of community problems, the adolescents formed a coalition of community partners and implemented a Lead Poisoning Awareness Fair and a "lock-in" to educate about child maltreatment. A pre- and post-test research design was used. RESULTS: The community changes that resulted were policy change for routine lead testing, a DVD about child maltreatment, and care packages for adolescent mothers. Modest increases in knowledge about lead poisoning and child maltreatment occurred. CONCLUSION: Adolescent females were successful in using CBPR to produce positive community changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-24
Number of pages8
JournalProgress in community health partnerships : research, education, and action
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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